Explore A Sense of “Wall-Life” at Thought-Provoking Exhibition at Cultural Council for Palm Beach County
Posted by: Linnea Bailey
November 29, 2023
November 29, 2023 (Lake Worth Beach, Fla.) — An inspiring mixed-media exhibition that references South Florida’s unique landscape is coming to the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County’s headquarters in downtown Lake Worth Beach.
Kristin Miller: We Become the Place will be on display December 8, 2023, through January 20, 2024, in the Council’s Solo Gallery. Free and open to the public, exhibition hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
We Become the Place is an exhibition that creates habitats through the layering of mixed-media materials in both works on paper and sculptural installations. Referencing South Florida’s flora and fauna, marine life and horizon lines, these bodies of work create a sense of “wall-life,” which dances delicately between 2D and 3D spaces exploring concepts of identity and adaptation.
Acting as nature’s gesture drawings, air plants and jellyfish are shapeshifters, while flora and fauna create a consistent narrative. Nature changes and morphs to its specific location, becoming the place. Through quiet observation, people adapt as well – floating and drifting through new identities, creating a personal and natural symbiosis between our daily life and the physical environment.
“My work is an exploration of my relationship with nature and the distinctive landscape of South Florida,” Miller said. “It’s about being inspired by it, paying homage to it and using it to create my work. Everything I do is inspired by the sea, land or sky. I like to think of nature as the beginning of my work and experimenting with different materials as the end result.”
Selected through a highly competitive application process, Miller is one of six Palm Beach County-based professional artists whose work was chosen by a committee for one of the Cultural Council’s coveted Solo Gallery exhibition spots. All the artists chosen for the 2023-2024 season are women.
“Kristin Miller’s delicate and meticulous work elegantly conveys a sense of the Florida landscape and the environment that we experience here,” said Jessica Ransom, the Cultural Council’s director of artist services and curator of the exhibition. “This exhibition will be a calm space that encourages a visitor to stop, breathe, and absorb the imagery as if in nature.”
An artist, educator and designer based in Lake Worth Beach, Miller is department chair of fine arts and graphic design and a professor at Palm Beach State College, where she has taught for the last 16 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Florida State University and a master’s degree in visual studies from the Visual Studies Workshop.
Trained in photography, printmaking and installation, Miller’s mixed media studio practice includes works on paper and installations. Her work has previously been seen in the Cultural Council’s 2023 and 2021 Biennial exhibitions, as well as in the recent juried shows Waves at Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach, Art on BRiC Walls: A Boca Raton Museum of Art Juried Exhibition in Boca Raton, the international art fair ArtPalmBeach and numerous Palm Beach State College faculty shows.
Kristin Miller: We Become the Place will run from December 8, 2023, through January 20, 2024, at the Cultural Council’s headquarters in Lake Worth Beach. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Visit www.palmbeachculture.com/miller for more information or to register for the opening artist reception on Thursday, December 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To see more of Miller’s work, visit www.kristinmiller.art.
Cultural Council for Palm Beach County