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Kelli Miller
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: Astrology, self-help, crystal healing, dianetics, ESP, fortune-telling, cults, and secret societies exist in parallel with accepted social institutions. By challenging mainstream beliefs these fringe movements become a new way to understand the world when the existing models fail. Many of these movements cherry pick concepts from across disciplines and distort their ideas to fit their new concept of reality. I employ this same process in my work. By picking idealized states of existence, whether universal or personal, I generate a distorted, self-created world. Through my work, I envision brighter pastures pieced together by future inventions and leftovers from the recent past.

My work takes on a multitude of forms but always points back to technology. Through video, animation, sound, printmaking and installation I explore the residue of the western world’s worship of progress. Using myself as a filter, I embrace concepts of happiness, success and self-improvement, a spectacle that permits the viewer to examine their own definitions of these broad and slippery concepts.

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  • BCC/FWD/CC/RE
    2009
    Video, Sound
    I am interested in how the repetitive tasks presented by the digital world control and consume our time and how these tasks are often misrepresented as democratic, socially enriching and progressive.

  • Gifts
    2009
    Animated Gifs (visit my site to see them in action)
    The ancient ritual of gift giving is examined in a mystical interpretation of the Apple desktop. A never-ending loop of offerings asks technology to provide the most idealized goals of society.

  • Avatars
    2009-2010
    4-color Gocco Prints; Editions of 8
    The representation of a person online is a flat, narcissistic and mutating phenomenon. I took images of myself modeled after the forced postures of wig models and created a series of identities, none

  • Avatars
    2009-2010
    4-color Gocco Prints; Editions of 8
    Detail

  • Avatars
    2009-2010
    4-color Gocco Prints; Editions of 8
    Detail

  • Avatars
    2009-2010
    4-color Gocco Prints; Editions of 8
    Detail

  • Post Comment Below
    2010
    56 pg. photocopied booklet with one-color overprint
    Post Comment Below explores the ways that language and conversation have evolved as a result of contemporary technology. It serves as a permanent document that preserves what is typically lost in the

  • Post Comment Below
    2010
    56 pg. photocopied booklet with one-color overprint
    Detail

  • Post Comment Below
    2010
    56 pg. photocopied booklet with one-color overprint
    Detail

  • Post Comment Below
    2010
    56 pg. photocopied booklet with one-color overprint
    Detail

  • The True Believer
    2008
    Video, Sound
    Using a familiar lo-fi infomercial format The True Believer explores the symbology and language of mainstream, new age, self-help to examine the concept of an idyllic world. The potential and contradi

  • The True Believer
    2008
    Video, Sound
    Using a familiar lo-fi infomercial format The True Believer explores the symbology and language of mainstream, new age, self-help to examine the concept of an idyllic world. The potential and contradi

  • The True Believer
    2008
    Video, Sound
    Using a familiar lo-fi infomercial format The True Believer explores the symbology and language of mainstream, new age, self-help to examine the concept of an idyllic world. The potential and contradi

  • The True Believer
    2008
    Video, Sound
    Using a familiar lo-fi infomercial format The True Believer explores the symbology and language of mainstream, new age, self-help to examine the concept of an idyllic world. The potential and contradi

  • Miracle Communicators
    2009
    Hydrocal, Acrylic, Glitter
    The Miracle Communicators are a physical manifestation of the crystal images in my video The True Believer. The shift from virtual object to physical object actualizes an ideal presented through media

  • Miracle Communicators
    2009
    Hydrocal, Acrylic, Glitter
    Detail

  • You Provoke All Range of Emotions, From Deep Inside My Soul
    2007
    Ink, Marker, Pencil, Spray Paint
    I have always been attracted to the mystical quality of the hidden physical components of analog and digital technology. This is the first in a series of large-scale drawings that replicates the inner

  • You Provoke All Range of Emotions, From Deep Inside My Soul, 2.0
    2007
    Ink, Marker, Pencil, Spray Paint
    An upgraded version of the original drawing calls into question the never-ending race towards progress.

  • Practice Play Along
    2008
    Ink, Marker, Pencil, Spray Paint, Rubdown Letters
    This drawing is based on the circuitry of a small amplifier that allows a musician to play along with a recorded piece of music. The symbolic language used in electronics schematics can be both obscur
 








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