Terratopias for a Fantastic Future : Michelle A. M. Miller
January 20 - February 23, 2019
Saturday, February 23rd, 2018 6 - 11pm
IS Projects presents Michelle A.M. Miller’s solo exhibition of sculptural paintings and works on paper anchored by a large-scale drawing hung on the gallery wall. “Terratopias for a Fantastic Future” reimagines Florida’s wild and designed green spaces as fantastical, fluorescent topographies through color, material and process.
For this exhibition, vibrant, wall-mounted sculptural paintings of evocative landscape scenes layered into shallow wood boxes hang alongside embellished collages of ambiguous places and plant forms. Oscillating between two- and three-dimensions, these works feature lavish quantities of acrylic paint and other traditional art materials alloyed with industrial by-products and recycled waste such as coal slag and shredded tire rubber. The artist’s techniques of abundance include painterly brushstrokes layered with dense material clots, inky bleeds and multi-hued paint extrusions piped from zip-loc bags.
Miller’s autobiographical practice investigates the landscape through experience and memory—one that considers future possibilities while acknowledging the unintended consequences of living in the Anthropocene. In these haptic landscapes, observation and invention intermingle with low-tech facture in seductive and ominous ways. The resulting tactile tableaux become opulent constructions that are both portals to other worlds and objects firmly rooted in space.
Michelle A. M. Miller is a multidisciplinary artist who reimagines the observed landscape into fantastical painted works, prints, collages, drawings and installation. She has participated in notable group exhibitions including "More Women Painting" at Design Sublime, Miami, "Nature Preserved" at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, and ''The Triumph of Detritus'' at 1310 Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale. Miller’s work has been featured in Oxford American and On View magazines as well as on the cover of Coastlines magazine. Miller earned her BFA in painting from Florida Atlantic University and her BA in art history from Georgetown University. Miller lives and works in West Palm Beach, FL.
Before I Wake : Jeanne Jaffe
Before I wake is a set of large shaped prints produced in multiple printing methods. Each print contains a fragment of a refrain from the life of a child: from lullabies, the lord’s prayer, old sayings, and pledges. These prints form a poem sequence that deals with loss and the dark underbelly contained in these nursery rhymes, prayers and other fragments.
The exhibition also includes paper sculpture of the shaped prints. These sculptures are from the “Pre-verbal Series”, dealing with forms related to the body before language is acquired when the world is still fused, and objects are not yet separate and distinct.