My mixed media installations and drawings are elaborate, abstract fictions that incorporate fragments of reality. Recently, works have integrated the elegant, lacy silhouettes of firearms, killer bees, and deadly plants, splicing them with imagined forms to create sculptural interludes that are equal parts absurd, menacing, and poetic. Surface pattern and tactility confuses and complicates associations, camouflaging recognizable forms while evoking recognition when applied to non-objective forms. The tensions between fact/fiction and dimensionality/flatness are endlessly fascinating to me, playing out in my installations as a dialogue between real space and illusionistic space while complicating the relationship between fantasy and reality.
Liz Miller received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Miller’s installations and works on paper have been featured in solo and group exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. Miller’s awards include a 2013 McKnight Professional Development Grant from Forecast Public Art; a 2011-12 McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists; a 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant; a 2007-08 MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowship; and Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014, and 2016. Miller lives and works in Good Thunder, MN. She is Professor of Installation and Drawing at Minnesota State University-Mankato.