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Meghan Miller is an installation artist, painter, and puppet-maker based in Wichita, Kansas and living in rural Butler County, Kansas. She earned an MFA in Sculpture from Wichita State University in 2022 and a BFA in painting from Wichita State in 2009. In the ten years in between Miller worked as a substitute teacher, museum event staff, vintage clothing seller, and was one-half of installation and performance art duo Linnebur & Miller along with Hallie Linnebur. In addition to numerous group, duo, and solo shows in the Wichita area, Miller has shown work at the former Wayfarers Gallery in Brooklyn and placed in the 2018 Salina Biennial in Salina, Kansas, in collaboration with Amanda Pfister. Much of Miller’s past work was humorous and experience-based, bridging the gaps between installation art, costuming, entertainment, spectacle, and party decor, which informs her current interest in creating spaces for people to “just be”- to interact with others, to be alone, to be somewhere magical, to, in the words of Louise Nevelson, “rest and have some fun.”


I observe the natural world and create soft, temporary imitations of the things around me using paper, fabric, cardboard, and simple metal armatures. These paper and fabric plants, logs, and skies come together as magical, otherworldly installations. Close observation and material exploration results in a sense of realism- paper leaves are bubbly and veiny, soft fabric berries have a poisonous shine, and burnt bark made of tissue is flaky and fragile-looking. However, my goal is to push beyond realism to reveal the hidden magic found in the world around us, to uncover how things in nature feel in memory. I scale up familiar plant forms to disorient and enchant visitors. Colors are often drained of chroma to imbue them with the mysteries of night. At the same time, the far away and ethereal are brought to earth and made tangible and touchable, leveling the playing field between the earthly and the celestial, elevating one while humbling the other. When the earth and sky are brought together there’s an opportunity for surprise and confusion, and the magic of possibility is at its peak. The distortions of naturalistic, familiar forms record not how things look but how they feel, especially how they feel in memory.

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