Spotlight: Carla Milentis

Spotlight: Carla Milentis

Holly Terry

Carla Milentis, 21, is a Melbourne-based artist who is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Art, specialising in sculpture and spatial practice at the Victorian College of the Arts. Carla’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions including both VCA and private gallery-run shows. You can see her work firsthand at the Victorian College of the Arts grad show at the end of November.

Having lusted heavily over Carla’s work throughout my high school years, a day off from work spent interviewing the comic, cross witty, cross effortlessly cool chick seems hardly work at all, particularly when half the interview was spent discussing the peach-like resemblance of her arse. 

Redirecting ourselves from the apparent tangent we're now retracting from, Carla’s artistic practice could be summarised as a quick series of processes to encapsulate and reflect the eternal loneliness that becomes a result of the modern day obsession with love and romance. As I sit outside the Southbank theatre in Melbourne’s arctic conditions listening to Carla’s reflection of her own work, it strikes me that such an effortless artist empathises so heavily with the eternal loneliness that correlates with a globalising obsession with love and romance, ultimately creating a modern day ‘desperado’ (one that is so desperate for love it becomes, well, tragic). What's more, Carla describes her work as 'self-portraits', a loathing comment on her own desperation for love.

Carla’s work resonated with me heavily as her lack of desperation for the development of a ‘popular’ art form is particularly refreshing. She strays from what is expected, creating a confronting and humorous aura whilst maintaining accessibility in a conventional and mainstream way. Carla's work is stimulating and open to interpretation but also free of illusion, leaving few barriers between the viewer and the work. Art forms in this manner seem increasingly difficult to come across as we develop in such a competitive society. Whilst Carla’s work may appear complex and obscure on the outer, underneath the complexity comes a basic and universal theory by which she is able to explore the irony within a chosen concept, all the while remaining empathetic.

Carla uses food as a comment on the modern day desperado, an innuendo to the laziness of endlessly waiting for something to happen. Her use of foods associated with major consumption such as white bread and canned spaghetti ironically contrasts with the desire to have something and have it quick whilst bringing humour and obscurity to the work. This desire associates directly with her idea of the modern day desperado in a quest for love, which, according to her, is blatantly clear through the increasing use of Apps such as Tinder, Grindr and Okay Cupid.  

Photography by Lauren Doherty.

Holly Terry is a young lass from the 'burbs who enjoys painting and eating. You'll find her painting anything with an inch of available space, including her pet dog. When she is not cooped up at her job and favourite hobby, Davey Jones, she spends her days studying International Relations. She hopes to take on the world in future years and rewrite the entire series of Star Wars.