Landscapes of Mothering - Cynthia Miller

Skipping Stones, archival digital print, 2015, 24x67 inches Building a Castle, archival digital print, 2015, 24x74 inches

Friday, May 22, 2015 – Friday, June 19, 2015,
Venue: Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Reception:  Friday, May 22, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cynthia Miller maps the new and constantly changing terrains of mothering using a toy camera with a plastic lens.  These landscapes, created entirely in camera, combine elements of documentary and art photography. The images reference family narratives in photo albums and home movies, and create maternal identity through the stories being told.

 

CYNTHIA MILLER - STATEMENT

My work maps the new and constantly changing terrains of mothering using a toy film camera with a plastic lens. Double exposures and layered images of my children at play are created entirely in camera and then scanned so that the oversize photographs can be digitally printed. By combining elements of documentary and art photography, my work becomes a form of creative nonfiction, and moves beyond a statement of fact to an invitation to the viewer to engage in meaning creation with the artist and the subject. The images reference family narratives in photo albums and home movies, and create maternal identity through the stories being told. My photographs voice my lived experience in a way that empowers me and links my experiences to those of other mothers who document their own families. In sharing these images, together we create theories of motherhood.

 

BIO:

Cynthia Miller

I am a PhD candidate in Humanities, Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas and a faculty member at Richland Community College in Dallas. I have processed my world through a camera viewfinder since I was 12. I traveled the world to find more experiences, and dreamed of becoming a travel photographer. Then I had children, and the scope of my experience changed completely, confined by the demands of everyday life. In an effort to balance my creative and maternal sides, I turned my camera on my new world, and I am an artist, not in spite of my children, but because of them.

 

 



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