I came to sculpture through the sartorial disciplines of clothing design and pattern making. My processes of creating form have always related to the structural challenges of translating 2-d shape into functional, portable, inhabitable form. My interest in sculpture through this lens has also been situated around materiality and the capacity of textiles both physically and culturally to transform the body in space and thus the collective landscape. Like clothing, I make objects that are reflexive of the topology of the body and environment. My sculptures and installations address space through this architectural context, offering objects to be directly inhabited or metaphorically embodied.
I am interested in the physicality of thinking and ways to experience art through the membrane of material and form in action. Highlighting craft, specifically repetitious sewing and stitching, as modes of connection and labor are running themes throughout my body of work. Many of my pieces achieve scale, mass and volume through extreme uses of thread in action. I incorporate this type of hyperbole to draw attention to modes of production that are often over-looked and under valued. Working with the tensile strength of thread, the capacity of a stitch, the allowance of a seam, as building blocks for large constructions creates tension and movement that remain present in the finished objects.
Abbie Miller (b. 1981, Billings, Montana) received her BFA from the University of Wyoming in 2004 with a minor in apparel construction and holds a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Maryland Institute College of Art, 2005 and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2007. She has had solo exhibitions at the Missoula Art Museum, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming; Art Lab, Jackson, Wyoming. Miller has been included in group shows throughout North America, including the Craft and Folk Art Museum, L.A.; Reading Public Museum, Pennsylvania; Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York. Her sculptures are included in the permanent collections at the Portland Art Museum and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. She is a recipient of a Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship (2013), a Contemporary Northwest Artist Award (2013), and a Metcalf Award (2014).
Abbie lives in the Northwest and works as a studio artist, freelance stylist and clothing designer.