Hollie Miller Surrey, United Kingdom
Hollie Miller holds an MA in Fine Art Performance from The Royal College of Art (2016). Notable performances/ exhibitions include: La Ira de Dios, Argentina (2018); Alps Art Academy, Switzerland (2018); Baltic 39 Gallery, Newcastle (2017); Spiral Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo (2016); Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden (2016); Lychee One Gallery, London (2016); Galeria Labirynt, Poland (2015).
Hollie Miller is a visual artist working with performance in live and recorded contexts. Her corporeal works are site-specific, intimate and time-based, exploring ephemerality in the digital age. In placing emphasis on recording live performances, Miller suggests that our everyday actions never cease and can be crystallized through the digital as ‘living fossils’. In her performances, Miller activates sculptural objects installed in the gallery space. These charged artefacts exist beyond the live moment where her affect has left residue. Using her own body as a vessel of transgression and subversion, Miller’s work is informed by the history of women’s self-representation. Her artworks employ the language of cinema to critique and disrupt the capitalist portrayal of women by the commercial industries. She is particularly interested in vulnerability as a form of resistance and how this engenders our capacity for empathy in relation to the other. In her work Miller embodies the ‘minor gesture’ with poetic sensibility to highlight and overcome invisible violence on women.When working within the natural environment, Miller often applies organic materials such as mud, onto her body as emblems of freedom that corrupt the surface of her skin. This physical change draws attention to her identity and sexuality via her actions and presence. By placing her body within the landscape, both interrupting and merging with the land, she surrenders to the earth as mother and/ or lover. Creating a dynamic between the physical and the metaphysical she uses performance as a tool for transformation and female ascension.