Waiting (For the Sun to Set)

elaine catherine miller

mixed media installation
96 x 96 x 144 in.

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artist statement

How to Have a Natural Experience evokes a life spent indoors, a contemporary existence in which our desires of the natural world are reconciled with photographic and video-based imagery conceived with electronic devices and activated by readily available household appliances. By using materials that are not authentically natural, my installations, sculptures, and videos address themes of artificiality, simulation, and ultimately, my own tendency to disconnect from the outside world.

In front of my TV, I can escape to the Serengeti, Himalayas, and into the darkest depths of the ocean without leaving the safety of my couch. Eating handfuls of chili pepper & lime flavored Takis, gulping mouthfuls of Strawberry Crush, I can go weeks without having digested a single real fruit or vegetable. Huddled under a mountain of blankets while the air vent above sends a direct stream of blowing heat down onto my cold, frigid body, I can forget what standing on the edge of a hill with a gust of wind at my back feels like. I don’t need to seek wildlife when I already have a slew of small, domesticated animals running rampant around the limited 500 square feet of space my partner and I inhabit. Out an open window in my kitchen, I can hear the neighbor’s dog barking, the birds chirping. I know the outside is there, and yet, I have everything I need here – inside. 

With this body of work, I offer the experience of a mediated and isolated reality.

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