Thesis: Adrienne Miller

The academic engine that fuels so much artistic print production and inquiry hits a fever pitch at this time of year with students at all levels of higher education producing culminate work toward their various degrees. The future of print belongs to these young minds so why not survey what they’re making. Printeresting will be sharing a sampling of thesis work from all over the US and beyond in a series called All These Theses.

Adrienne Miller is receiving an MFA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Here is a statement…

Within the tradition of landscape art, the term picturesque refers to a view where the human presence is apparent. I am using this history to create print works that communicate an exploration of human psyche through constructed space. Open land represents possibilities while the more confined environments allow a way to communicate tension or anxieties that we encounter on a day to day basis literally at times feeling as though the walls are moving in on us. Here, holes serve as absences where earth displaced or tunneled through references our constant retrieval and archival of memory.

In this constructed world, fences demarcate areas in this uncharted psychological territory. Serving as both protection and defense, I consider these barriers as both necessary and self imposed safeguards, ways of compartmentalizing or mental blocks which exist in our own cognitive borderlands. These openings and closings of the space address the ever shifting circumstances we find ourselves interacting with. Through shifts in perspective and unrealistic coexistence, the work encourages the viewer to address their own environments as well as themselves.

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