Artist StatementMy current body of work is mixed media painting and collage of bare winter trees on canvas and paper. They are not landscapes in the traditional sense but rather statements about loss and renewal. My studio practice balances process and experimentation with concept. The content evolves with the process – the work is strongest when the two are inherently intertwined. Early on I was very influenced by the abstract expressionist and their interrogation of the surface. I have always had a concern for the sensual qualities of paint. The past work was heavily affected by a year of studying abroad in Rome during my undergraduate years. In that work I created idiosyncratic narratives where autobiographical and art historical elements cohabitated a world where more questions were asked then answered. The overriding message in these works was a search for identity in finding a place to exist within the world of art. Later my work moved towards a minimalist style where figures still existed but became very linear and the compositions were more abstract. My intent was to do away with conscious story telling and shedding all extraneous elements from the work. At this point I was even sanding the surface with an electric sander to, as one critic explained, “take it down to the bare bones leaving a remnant of austere beauty”. Then, in my career and life, I experienced some sudden familiar losses that put me on the path to my most recent work. Enigmatic yet narrative, these collages and paintings of trees in winter appear to be dead but are only lying dormant until spring breathes new life. They allude to the fragility of life and their fragmented quality freezes the moment in time, a futile attempt to prevent it from ever happening in the first place.
Trace Miller is a painter in the mid atlantic region. He is a lecturer and assistant chair in the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education at Towson University. Miller received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting in Baltimore. His works have been exhibited extensively in the Mid Atlantic region as well as New York and Chicago.
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