Elaine Miller: It Would Lose All Purpose
November 29 – December 2, 2012
Opening: Saturday, Dec 1, 6-9pm
Cathedral Creative Studios
527 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Mon – Fri 10am to 5pm
Elaine Miller is a Chicago based photographer whose work explores the themes of death, transience, memory, preservation, and the frailties of the human psyche especially concerning paranoia.
One of her current projects, ‘It Would Lose all Purpose’ is Elaine’s direct reaction to the unexpected death of her sister, rapidly following the expected passing of her father. Immediately following their deaths in 2009, Elaine began photographing her family with significant objects symbolic of her dad and sister, a means of producing new memories of the living interacting with those departed. As time has passed, she continues creating cathartic portraits of her nieces and nephews to represent the stages of grief her own personal psyche has traversed through this experience.
Elaine graduated from Indiana University’s BFA Photography program in 2011 where she studied the technicalities of the view camera under Jeff Wolin and digital photography under Osamu James Nakagawa. She was a recipient of George W. Sterns Scholarship, Henry Holmes Smith Award, Hutton Honors Capstone Award, and she was a Windgate Fellowship finalist. Elaine recently moved to Chicago, IL where she works for portrait photographer, Paul Elledge.