This piece is inspired by a Freudian model of layers of consciousness. With various methods of free association, an artist is able to descend and ascend at will through conscious and unconscious layers of awareness to access creative inspiration. Like other artworks in the “Packets of Resistance” series, this work is collaged over a patchwork surface of recycled tea packets.
The artist has a collection of porcelain teacups passed down through the generations of her Victorian grandmothers. Carrying on the tradition of daily tea drinking has given her time to bring to consciousness the history of the international tea trade as a driver of colonization.
Diana Milia is an artist, author, and psychotherapist based in Oregon. She studied art at Oregon State University and art therapy at New York University, where she taught in the fine arts department for ten years before returning to Oregon in 2008. Her work explores the natural world through the psychological portal of the unconscious. She has exhibited on the east and west coasts since the 1970s.