Wendy Miller is a Sydney-based artist, born in Tasmania. Her practice probes contemporary notions of ruin and endings through the use of video, photography and sculptural assemblage. Two themes that she returns to are entropy (the gradual breakdown of order in any system) and contemporary postcolonial Tasmania.
Miller’s current body of work explores how memory is triggered by poetic imagery depicting disintegration and loss. Miller’s interest in vanitas (the brevity of life) and memento mori paintings of the Dutch Golden Age run parallel to her interest in the global flower trade and Western obsessions with beauty and youth. In her ‘Ruins’ series, Miller recreates still life paintings by 17th century Dutch Master Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750) in both fired and unfired porcelain. Miller’s unfired works ultimately deteriorate, hinting at the transient and unpredictable beauty of decay.
Miller’s work with contemporary postcolonial Tasmania stems from the purported “romantic” state history that she studied at Secondary school whilst growing up in Hobart. She uses various embroidery techniques to re-imagine traditional European tapestry fabric, exploring the whitewashing and concealment that characterises this history.
Bachelor Fine Arts (Sculpture)
National Art School, Sydney
Bachelor of Economics
University of Tasmania
Ferment 5, Articulate Project Space, Sydney
The Fall, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Emanate, New England Art Museum (NERAM), Armidale
National Art School Graduate Show – Sculpture, Sydney
National Art School Graduate Show – Drawing, Sydney
Sydney Living Museums, Meroogal Exhibition, Nowra
Space Invaders, Stairwell Gallery, National Art School, Sydney
Crossing Borders, National Art School, Sydney
Bi: 20:15, Ewart Galley, Sydney
This is where we draw the line, Ewart Gallery, Sydney
National Art School collection, Self Portrait Sketch Book
Private collections in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart
Sculpture by the Sea Prize – 3rd year Sculpture
Finalist Meroogal Women’s Art Prize
John Valance Sculpture Prize