Contributed by Sharon Butler / In an exhibition on view at the Housatonic Museum in Bridgeport, wildlife trafficking, environmental conservation, sexuality, religion, gender, and the illusion of domestic bliss are among the issues addressed through a diverse range of printmaking practices. UConn MFA student Kelsey Miller (and one of the winners of the 2016 SPRING/BREAK Quiz) sent me a note about the beautiful work she has created for the show.
“After a long afternoon of installation, the experience of seeing my work in the context of a gallery is quite humbling.” Miller told me. “From that first day in the UConn MFA Program, when I walked into the huge studios at the Visual Arts Resource Center, I never imagined that a year and a half later I would be drawing on walls and making animations for a show about printmaking.”
In her note, she sums up the graduate school experience–students end up in places they never expected to go. Miller grew up on Antigua, surrounded by water, and worked for several years on a boat that sailed between the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe. The journal she kept during her seafaring days forms the foundation of her art practice, which has transformed from an observational activity into a more poetic record of memory. “The real and the imagined are often indistinguishable from one another, and time is not represented chronologically,” she writes. “Through abstraction and fragmentation, my own recollected imagery takes on a universal or archetypal quality that, I hope, transports viewers into their own mythic experience—dreamed, remembered or imagined.”
“Prints that work: Roxanne Faber-Savage, Kelsey Miller, John O’Donnell and Neil Daigle-Orians,” curated by Leslie Giuliani. Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Through March 25, 2017. A panel discussion featuring the artists will take place on Thursday, March 23 at 6 pm.