We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle A M Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle A M, how do you think about risk?
Being open to stepping outside of one’s comfort zone is essential for life. Risk aversion is hardwired, so I think it’s those scary leaps that propel us toward our goals.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m working on a new series of graphite drawings on paper that explore the essential forms and radiant energies of our entangled existence. Drawing in this way is a laborious, meditative path for attunement with imaginary subatomic landscapes that slowly unfurl, blur, then focus. This is my most personal work to date and it represents a shift from my previous work that was a colorful looking outward. As I look inward, I focus on locating a quiet space free from external distraction. It requires slowing down and creating with mindful intention. A thrilling part of this evolution in my studio practice will begin this summer as I explore these new ideas in a collaborative format. This July I will be working with Ingrid Schindall at Existent Books who will produce my first artist book entitled, “Convergence,” and I could not be more excited.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This question is difficult in the midst of Covid-19, as we are all burrowed in like barnacles. Under better conditions, a trip to the Everglades cannot be beat and I’ve been wanting to get back to that magical place for some time. The Robert is Here Fruit Stand on Ingraham Highway makes the most delicious mamey smoothies which will fortify you on your way in or out of the park.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to my parents who taught me to look patiently and closely at the wondrous world in which we live. They encouraged me to think deeply, critically, and perhaps most importantly, to find my own path.