Transcending the representational, where possibilities are closed down, Miller-Havens conveys psychological depth by inviting viewer and subject into a space of visual correspondence.
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"WOMENS' BEST FRIENDS" SERIES
The contemporary combats played out between men in athletic competition previously lent themselves to my goal of using art to remark publicly on the some of the complexities of life and our culture.
The new body of work, "Women's Best Friends", concerns itself with the relationships between women and their often beloved dogs.
I want the viewer to see what I have seen, to think about the person and their situation rather than let pure representational poses close down possibilities. To this end, the majority of my portraits are not frontal.
Gestures, body language.... a moment in time are meant to remind the viewer of some of the subtleties in life.
Placing the image in a space defined by color but void of background objects presses the viewer to focus on the person or his/her situation.
Rendered in the same palette as my earlier paintings, once again the viewer is invited to reflect on the person and her situation through the immediacy of the images.
The subtlety of human nature, psychological ambiguity, and a sense of timelessness continue to be the inspiration for this series.