ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original idea sketch next to a finished piece. This week, artist Lorna Mills takes us from a found object to her piece Double Unicorn.

I’m a serial obsessive, so I don’t need to keep a notebook since I only have one thing going on in my head at anytime.

 The Double Unicorn piece started when I received a unicorn figurine, made by person(s) unknown, as a gift from the writer R.M. Vaughan.

This unicorn wasn’t a cloying worn out web meme, it looked like it was made without a bit of irony (and it looked like my dog) – a definite misfit in the usual net art conversations where we all gleefully wallow in bad art.

(Well I do, anyway.)

 

 

My default activity – making GIFs – wasn’t enough of a transformation to make it an interesting art work for me, so I scanned it, created a huge format Photoshop file, sliced it, printed each slice – on both sides of the paper — then glazed the two sides with about 12 coats of water based acrylic gloss.

The Double Unicorn is currently at IMPORT Projects in Berlin, in Gordian Conviviality, a group show curated by Max Schreier with work by Oliver Laric, Borna Sammak, Frieda-raye Green, Lindsay Lawson, Evan Roth, Juliette Bonneviot, Cory Arcangel, Evan Roth and Chris Coy.

Lorna Mills’ solo show opens at TRANSFER Gallery this June.

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