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"We exist in a culture of non-sequitur status updates and photo streams as a mode of defining our lives, and I take no issue with where we've found ourselves. If I were to maintain a practice that follows a linear thread it would seem incongruous to how we currently absorb information. As a result, my work can seem disparate to some, but that is who we are now. This is a world of double screening maniacs that can't sit through a movie without checking our phones, and feel compelled to broadcast sentiments publicly that have varying degrees of importance to anyone but ourselves. If someone still needs to view an artist's practice under a unilateral light – it would seem to be off base with how we all exist and process information.
Essentially, I make portraits of circumstance. All of the work from the last few years follows the same ideological method, but varies greatly in the aesthetic execution. I carry a small notebook with me everywhere that I go. Whenever I hear something interesting, hilarious, upsetting, etc. - I write the quote down in the aforementioned book. I then use various materials to create a visual representation of these phrases/quotes. There are also aesthetic and material nods to artists and designers that I feel embody the sentiments I've chosen to portray. I see the works as 'portraits of circumstance' - both the situational honesty from where I've drawn the original content, and the shifted meaning once these phrases are placed in a fine art context."
"Miller's practice is heavily invested in the intersection between the individual and the communal. A range of found and chosen materials are used to make work that cross-pollinates between sculpture and painting with humor and intelligence. Relying on blocks of visual information the works celebrate the battle between candor and an observed restraint. This combination can be heavily symbolic but also delicately paired with a more acute sensibility to paint and its role in the work. Familiar materials serve as a structure to establish a relatable conversation between the artist and the world he tries to acknowledge in a meaningful way. This continual exploration into the hybrid of mediums allows for an active and at times odd blend of object and illusion." - M.G.