emerging artist: Catie Miller

Loose, slightly humorous, and
unsettling illustrations animate my ceramic artworks. I choose to draw
portraits of people’s hidden lives, magnifying the people’s features and the
private moments of their lives. Currently, I am exploring
the obsessive collection of things—hoarding, and how this fixation interferes
with the quality of daily life and relationships. Growing up, we had a lot of
stuff; overflowing boxes of papers, small mountains of clothes, and a cat for
every family member. Frequently moving throughout my life has forced me to evaluate
my relationship with my possessions. I incorporate multiple layers of surface
to create a crowded environment for the narrative. Much like hoarding
challenges home as comfort, the addition of exaggerated ornamentation and form
challenges the comfortable feeling of function, engaging the viewer to
contemplate his or her relationship to objects.