Photographs courtesy Jane Norton
An epic tableau, 366 works in total, stood in sequence some ten metres wide resting on thin wooden strips. This was Ed Miliano’s Diary made over the course of an entire year (a leap year). Each picture recording what he saw as he looked out at the garden from his studio window at home in south county Dublin. This was my first encounter with the artist’s work and it was the most compelling work of art I had seen in a long time. The scale allows the viewer observe the shape, colour, mood and form of a single day, week, month, season, year. And, looking along the lines one can simultaneously see the past, present and future. Diary raises profoundly philosophical issues concerning the nature of time or, more precisely, space-time, the scientific description that conflates both dimensions. On meeting the artist I found a technically accomplished multi-disciplinarian who is fascinated with his human position in connection to the natural world. For him the garden is the obvious link, a modified wildness tempered by man’s intervention – and by painting the garden he successfully brings the outside into the domestic interior where nature and time are tamed.
- Oliver Sears, January 2014