Erin Ryan Miller
My work straddles the boundary between pure abstraction and representation. While no specific or definable imagery is actually present or intended, my paintings give a sense of place or object. I want each piece to resonate with the viewer's life and experience.
Both nature and manmade structures inspire me - from the soft color of a seaside meadow, to the chaotic patterns of roadside power lines, to the stark silhouettes of an urban landscape. I am drawn to the detail separated from the whole, especially in unexpected combinations of color, shape, and line.
I do not start a painting with an intended ending. Building layer upon layer of interconnected geometries and bold color, I strive for a sense of depth and space by creating tension between scale and spatial relationships. This allows each passage of the painting to exist as foreground and background simultaneously. The use of window-like areas contributes to this tension by inviting the viewer look more deeply into the painting. The result can be that of standing before a vast landscape or peering through a microscope.
Born in mid-coast Maine, Erin Miller received her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and pursued post-graduate studies at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. Erin recently relocated to Gloucester, MA where she is an exhibiting member of Bigzanda Gallery & Studios.
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