Staff Picks: Small Works

The staff from InLiquid is starting a new series, Staff Picks, where we pick works that intrigue and move us.

Our first round of Staff Picks comes from our new intern, Erika, who is especially taken with Stephen Millner’s Postcard Collages in our Small Works online exhibition.

Like many, I hold onto items that are passed down from my family before me. Specifically, I own a set of handwritten directions from my mom. Before I had data and a smartphone at sixteen, these directions, turn-for-turn, show me how to get from my house to the Jersey Shore and back. 

Stephen Millner’s “Postcard Collage” stands out to me because it brings me to that sentimental feeling I get when I read my mom’s directions. Featuring a handwritten dinner recipe at the top of the collage, a black & white photo with a group of young girls at the bottom, and a road map layered in the background, the collage evokes a feeling of generational nostalgia. Things like recipes, photographs, postcards, maps, or in my case, directions, are passed down through the generations, from mothers to daughters and so forth. Millner’s collage tells a universal story (as many of his collages do) of family, of women, the past, and the many artifacts that linger from familial generations. 

A signature of freedom, my mother’s directions still sit in my glovebox. They are there whenever I need to be led to my favorite family place. But more importantly, as Millner’s art details for the viewer, my mother’s directions are something more valuable –– something that tells a story of my family. Something that I can one day pass down to my own daughters.

Stay tuned for more Staff Picks!

Danny Simmons
Danny Simmons
As my concern for our planet grows daily, I make art to express this, in the beautiful, mysterious language of abstraction. For the last 6 years I have been painting about our climate crisis in a series on rising waters, rain, birds, coral, forests and lost ice. I show both the beauty and desecration of our environment. I convey feeling through the use of color and movement.
Pamela Tudor
Pamela Tudor

As my concern for our planet grows daily, I make art to express this, in the beautiful, mysterious language of abstraction.…

As my concern for our planet grows daily, I make art to express this, in the beautiful, mysterious language of abstraction. For the last 6 years I have been painting about our climate crisis in a series…

As my concern for our planet grows daily, I make art to express this, in the beautiful, mysterious language of abstraction. For the last 6 years I have been painting about our climate crisis in a series on rising waters,…

What elevates his work from mere craftsmanship is his visionary outlook. Rearranging objects and incorporating an iconography of myths, fairy tales, and personal idiosyncrasies, Warren Muller exudes an envious agility.  Motion, change and improvisation are implied like a glimpse of chaos captured and frozen for a split-second.
Warren Muller
Warren Muller

What elevates his work from mere craftsmanship is his visionary outlook. Rearranging objects and incorporating an iconography…

What elevates his work from mere craftsmanship is his visionary outlook. Rearranging objects and incorporating an iconography of myths, fairy tales, and personal idiosyncrasies, Warren Muller exudes an…

What elevates his work from mere craftsmanship is his visionary outlook. Rearranging objects and incorporating an iconography of myths, fairy tales, and personal idiosyncrasies, Warren Muller exudes an envious agility. Motion,…

My work is primarily in oils and focuses on urban street scenes and still life settings made up of vintage housewares and toys.  I am interested in all things old as I believe they have the most interesting stories to tell.  Buildings and objects from the past both bring back memories for those who have previously interacted with them, and discovery to those seeing them for the first time.  I work in a contemporary realist style, looking to bring to attention the beautiful design elements that already exist in the subjects that I paint.
Jean Broden
Jean Broden

My work is primarily in oils and focuses on urban street scenes and still life settings made up of vintage housewares and…

My work is primarily in oils and focuses on urban street scenes and still life settings made up of vintage housewares and toys. I am interested in all things old as I believe they have the most interesting…

My work is primarily in oils and focuses on urban street scenes and still life settings made up of vintage housewares and toys. I am interested in all things old as I believe they have the most interesting stories to tell.…

John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
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