Jill Miller (BFA 2002)
My work examines autobiographical depression and emotional reactions inherent to these states of consciousness. Studying the figure in psychologically conflicted states translated into physical form through body language is expressed through visual metaphors of shadows and distortions, with the under painting enhancing a sense of distress. Themes consider treatments and surrounding perceptions of stigma associated with mental illness, including prescription medication and electroshock therapy. Bringing ideas of human emotion into physical, cohesive visual representation through paint is the aim of the work.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.