MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2013
Artist StatementFor the past decade, my work has been informed by the history of childhood and contemporary social issues affecting children such as gender expectations, marketing pressures, and the social impact of technology. My process begins by taking hundreds of photos. These are then sorted and compiled like a collage into a new composition which forms the reference for my painting. The oil on panel paintings are constructed with many thin layers of paint over several months. In a culture with a constant stream of information and the fleeting nature of modern media, my paintings counter with a still, more meditative form of perception. Influences on my work include the late 15th and early 16th century in European painting when high realism began to become paramount to the understanding of faith. Holy figures were now understood in a corporeal, yet idealized fashion. I feel this is mirrored in today’s secular adoration of sensationalized, manufactured media images. This inspires me to paint figures that appear more ‘real’ than photographs or even life – they are at once artificial, ethereal, and hyper-real. —Katie Miller 2015
Katie Miller is an American artist born in New Hampshire in 1984 who grew up in Florida and California. She graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007, with a BFA in painting and a minor in art history. In the summer of 2006, she studied traditional fresco and egg tempera in Umbria, Italy, at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. She earned her MFA from Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, in 2011.
Miller has been represented by CONNERSMITH in Washington, DC since 2010. Her first solo show, The Fancy of Babes, was in 2011 and her most recent, Enduring, was in 2014. Her work has been shown in art fairs including Pulse Miami, Volta Basel, The Armory Show, and (e)merge. Group exhibitions include the Smithsonian Institution, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
She is a winner of the Wynn Newhouse Award and an artist grant from the State of Maryland. Her work has been published or reviewed in publications including The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and New American Paintings. Miller’s works are represented in public and private collections internationally, including The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, and 21C Museum, Louisville.
Miller lives in Maryland and paints full-time.