Emily Marie Miller (b. 1991 St Petersburg, FL) is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. Miller began painting after she received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2013. Her work has been published in Playboy and ArtMaze Mag. She recently was in the group exhibition Seed, curated by Yvonne Force, at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City.
Confined within the physical and psychological space of the canvas, the figures in my work are energetic reactions to my inward experience. The bodies act out confusion, surrender, healing, and rage. Writhing and uncomfortable, the individual figures act as fragments of a whole psyche battling against itself (& the outside world). Comfort is denied as new figures, or psychological parts, are added to the composition as obstructions that must be reconciled in some way. The figures demand acknowledgment with a confrontational stare out from the canvas. Painting is my path to something deeper: it is a spiritual dance with my unconscious. Through the manipulation of flesh in oils, I exorcise the past, leaving the resulting figures immortalized on canvas in a painted limbo.