Sandi Ritchie Miller

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Artist Statement

Wherever my "turtle-back house" took me I painted and looked and reflected. Therefore, my art reflects the heat of Phoenix and the cold of Duluth; the trees of Ohio and the onion domes of Moscow; the flat, wet land of the Fens in England and the back alleys of Tangier; the street people of San Francisco and the dreams of this beach person growing up in Santa Monica. But mostly my art is an extension of me, my studies in psychology, cloud watching and star searching.

I believe in using many media in various and experimental ways. For example, my Universe Series is done in mixed media such as enamel and inks and various chemicals on Lucite. The origins of the Universe Series were found partially in Voyager and partially in the universal wonder about space inherent in most of us. Through the Universe Series my work has evolved into an unconscious "liquid painting" or automatic style which encompasses images of space, water and organics.

N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Assistant Director and Assistant Curator, University of Richmond Museums wrote, "Miller uses enamel paint on Lucite to create incredibly smooth, glossy, abstract images. Globular shapes and waves of color move across the picture plane as if in a cosmic dance. Bursts of light provide loci of power, centers of radiation that effuse energy and reaction... Miller's seamless surfaces act as windows into vibrant galaxies... yet her art is more fantastical than anything a scientist has seen."


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