from Copacabana series (2004)
Ms. Milhazes' work is so vibrant, it is nearly hypnotic. She creates the colorful concoctions using a special technique: she paints onto thin sheets of plastic, then gradually presses the sheets onto a canvas. The result is a very textural, layered, and, in my humble opinion, beautiful effect. More recently, she has started using candy and chocolate wrappers to create collages - Hmmmm...tasty art!
The artist was asked recently about how her life changed after becoming a "million dollar woman" in the international art scene. I appreciate her straightforward answer, "I had to make some adjustments, as people don't see you in the same way. But I never changed my relationship with my work."
I can't even fathom owning one of her paintings, but I can tell you this - give me one of these incredibly-scaled numbers, and I need nothing more than a big white wall and a futon!