to open / you
25 May 2018 - 18 June 2018
OPENING RECEPTION Friday, 25 May 2018, 5 - 8 pm
Katherine Miller is an artist from St. Louis, Missouri currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. Through her print- and book arts-based work, Miller references the handwritten letter to investigate longing, distance, communication, and emotional intimacy. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO) and her MFA in Printmaking + Book Arts at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA). She has participated in residency programs and exhibited nationally and internationally.
In my printmaking- and book arts-based studio practice, I make sculptural works that consider the impossible miracle of human communication and intimacy, reaching out to another person across a void. to open / you provides a glimpse at the soil underneath that studio practice. My personal experience with longing and communication has been expressed largely through hand-made love letters sent from myself to my beloved, each one uniquely constructed to send a part of myself. These love letters depend upon certain tensions: a delay between sending and receiving; material traces of my presence even in my physical absence; and using limited words to refer to implied feelings and context. In this exhibition, this collection of love letters, sent over several years, is loaned back to me and displayed as a single ebbing and flowing continuum of intimacy, longing, and the tensions of communication.