Elaine Suzanne Miller

Miller

My work explores the themes of death, transience, memory, preservation, and both the frailty and resilience of the human spirit through challenging experiences.

"it would lose all purpose" is my reaction and processing of the expected passing of my father, which was quickly followed by the unexpected death of my sister. Immediately following their deaths in 2009, I began photographing the remainder of my family with significant objects symbolic of my dad and sister. I wanted to produce a means for the living to interact with the dead, thus keeping those departed alive. Photographing my nieces and nephews in places which hold our families' roots helped me bridge the gap I saw forming between the relationship of then and now.

I also use my work to illustrate the alienation I have felt as well as the fight to recover from the disconnect I built within myself as a coping mechanism. As time has passed, I continue creating portraits of my family to represent the various stages of grief my own psyche has traversed throughout the mourning process. I especially find catharsis in photographing my nieces and nephews, as they themselves are now the symbolic objects my sister and father live through.

Elaine Suzanne Miller explores the themes of death, transience, memory, preservation, and both the frailty and resilience of the human spirit through challenging experiences. While much of her work is based on personal experience, it encompasses universal themes which are intended to incite conversation and encourage others to tell their story.

She graduated with a B.F.A. from Indiana University in 2011.  Her project, “it would lose all purpose” has been curated into multiple group shows nationally, with a solo show in PhotoNOLA. Elaine currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Images are available as 10 x 8" and 25 x 20" pigment prints made in editions of 25 for $750 (small) and $1100 (large). Some images may be available larger, please inquire for availability of specific pieces.

 

Please call: (312) 266 - 2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

 
 
 

Elaine Suzanne Miller
and this too shall pass, 2010
Elaine Suzanne Miller
equilibrium, 2015

Elaine Suzanne Miller
it comes in threes, 2011
Elaine Suzanne Miller
it holds those memories, 2012
Elaine Suzanne Miller
sickly moment of dark surprise, 2013
Elaine Suzanne Miller
tell us what befell, 2012

Elaine Suzanne Miller
that perpetual plague, 2015

Elaine Suzanne Miller
the cocoon, 2012
Elaine Suzanne Miller
the disconnect, 2014

Elaine Suzanne Miller
the truth, 2012
Elaine Suzanne Miller
the vestibule, 2011

Elaine Suzanne Miller
which i returned with silence, 2012