Mils Bridgewater

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Mils Bridgewater's work explores the themes of of ecology, pollution, waste, tenderness, value, animal husbandry and duplicity. Inspired by a youth spent in a remote rural English environment populated by domesticated animals, Bridgewater is currently investigating the disparity between transportation of livestock for fattening and slaughter and the transportation of inanimate objects for consumer pleasure. One is encased in bubble wrap, packing peanuts, an oversized cardboard box - the other in overcrowded metal cages, extreme temperatures, with no food or water. Through her work, Bridgewater offers insight into feelings that are universally relatable but often remain buried. Constructed from wood, bronze, bones, fur and glass to symbolise memory and loss, she transforms materials into tactile sculptures and multi-layered immersive installations. These materials are chosen specifically for their unique inherent qualities and their properties inform the work. "I can not thank the Anglo- Swedish society enough for this amazing opportunity. I have been walking the city and visiting some of the museums. What a beautiful city. The light was golden for the first few days as I walked Gamla Stan and around the Moderna Museet, reminding me of the old town in Sitges, Spain, and now the frost has come turning the trees fragile white. I am in love." "I returned to England after my 90 days in Stockholm a changed woman. I was able to show my work as part of the Konstfack Applied Arts MA degree show and was delighted with the reception the work received. I am now back as Artist Fellow at City & Guilds London Art School where I shall be for the next year.