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Kellie Miller has always been interested in 3D, perspectives, materials, texture and colour. She approaches her work by addressing and balancing these aspects, with the aim of making her work approachable to the viewer. The techniques she uses are complex – with some of her pieces requiring 27 separate stages before they are complete, resulting in tactile, carved paintings.
Kellie produces her work from the deep within herself, from a place she does not recognise in the outer world. The work is often described as peaceful, beautiful, reflective and calming. Although she sometimes struggles to achieve these qualities in her everyday life, they easily flow in her work. She knows that she will forever ponder the question – how is this possible?
Kellie does not feel the need to be controversial or sensational with her art. The style and techniques are challenging enough without having to go to extremes of shocking audiences. Besides, she thinks we have become desensitised to controversy and it has become everyday. However, more awareness is required to read works that are subtle, simple, gentle and perhaps wise.
Her subject matter is often drawn from nature and travel. She enjoys using these, together with words and feelings, as her starting points.
Because of the 3D elements, texture and colours of her work, it does not always translate well into a 2D format. A photographic image can only convey an impression. The work has to be seen first hand to truly experience it.
Kellie graduated from Camberwell School of Art in 1991, then Brighton University in 1994, and gained her MA in Arts Criticism from City University, London in 2001.
In 1996 she set up Biscuit Studio, where many artists and designers have worked, including makers from Japan and Turkey. She is a founder member of Hove Arts, an organisation linking artists’ houses, studios and workshops as part of England’s major arts festival.
Kellie’s relationship with Japan started in 2002 when she spent several months in an artist residency. She was selected to exhibit her installation of 101 Couture Cups at Mino Museum’s 8th International Ceramics Festival 2008. More recently, she had a solo exhibition in Orie Gallery in Tokyo and has been commissioned to produce a ceramic installation for the foyer of Nakatsu Hospital in Kyushu, Japan.
In addition to exhibitions in the UK, Denmark and Germany, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan, and Brighton and Hove Museum, England, have all added her work to their collections. Her work has been featured widely in the UK press, including The Times, The Guardian, Elle Decoration and Homes & Gardens.
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