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Millie Niss (1973 - 2009)

Millie Niss, net artist and editor of Sporkworld, passed away; her work and life is being remembered by artists and colleagues here. Excerpt from Marc Garrett's contribution below.

Millie's work for me, has always reached beyond the surface of things. Somehow in her work, she has managed to communicate an essence of her character and her varied intentions very successfully. There is a unique sense of humour in much of her work, even when dealing with dark themes. A surreal edge, is informed by her view on humanity and all of its, seemingly perpetual absurdities. Mixed with a playful and open spirit, and a twist of simplicity. Millie's work may have fooled those lost and caught up in the consumer'ish, lust for one liner prose or sudo-designer art. Her work was more for those who were not bound by such distracting trends, it was and still is open for all. Often beguiling one with a presence of childishness, then as you live with it longer and feel its grace and power as it touches inside, a contextual knowing unfolds - levelling it all out with a wisdom that dares not to fall for show or spectacle to justify its true, authentic voice.

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Michael Szpakowski Dec. 3 2009 07:44Reply

I can't believe she's gone.
And I can't believe I'll never receive another stern, funny,
clever, closely argued and kind e mail from her.

She was utterly unique and an example, both artistic and moral.

We posted a tribute to her on DVblog on Tuesday:


which has a link to a wonderful video she and her mother, Martha Deed,
made last year, which really gives you a feel for her humour, warmth and courage.

Courage clearly runs in the family for Martha is continuing to update the blog they worked on together:


Of course it doesn't make easy reading at the moment but it is, as it has been since its inception,
a profound antidote to the glib, the cynical and the superficial in our lives.

Michael Szpakowski July 23 2010 08:38Reply

We just posted today a previously unseen movie by Millie :




Michael Szpakowski Oct. 29 2010 11:00Reply

A book of Millie's poetry has just been published, edited by her mother, Martha.
It's tremendous. Edward Picot says of it in his quote on the back "It's one of the few books of poetry I can call to mind without a dull page in it. " and he's spot on.
You can get it here: