Hollie Miller is a performance artist working across live and recorded contexts (performance, moving image, photography, installation and sculpture). She has initial conservatorie training in dance and somatic practice. Her enquiry is focused on the minor gesture, gestures of the everyday and material gestures, which she embodies with a poetic sensibility. Her corporeal works are site-responsive, intimate and time-based: exploring ephemerality in the digital age.
Miller is influenced by feminist practices throughout art history in performance and visual art, cinema and dance. She approaches feminism through the female command of space and uses performance as a tool for transformation and female ascension. She is concerned in vulnerability as a form of resistance and how this engenders our capacity for empathy in relation to the other. She uses her body as a visceral material to reclaim the sensual as a political tactic to overcome normalised violence on women’s bodies.
Recently she has been rethinking her live art practice through a cinematic framework and incorporating sound and voice. Whilst exploring how sculptural objects, material traces and costumes used in her performances can exist in the gallery as artefacts, relics or fossils. She sees the photographic documentation of her performances as autonomous images.
Hollie Miller holds an MA from The Royal College of Art (2016) and a BPA from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2010). She has presented her work nationally and internationally in the UK, Europe, Argentina and Japan in contemporary art galleries, museums and outdoors.
She has been awarded artist residencies at: Hogchester Arts, UK (2019), NAIRS Contemporary Art Centre, Switzerland (2019), Serlachius Museum, Finland (2019) and La Ira de Dios, Argentina (2018). Her film ‘We the Living’ won The Next Thing Moving Image Award and was screened at the Bury Art Museum in Manchester (2019 - 20).
She has exhibited her work in the UK at: Airspace Gallery (2019), The NewBridge Project (2018) and Baltic39 Gallery (2017). She has performed at festivals such as: MEM Experimental Festival, Bilbao (2019), Land Art Biennale Art Safiental, Switzerland (2018), Revolve Performance Art Days, Sweden (2018), London’s Biennale of International Performance Art & Noise (2018); Apulia Land Art Festival, Italy (2016); 100 Years DADA, Tokyo (2016).
As a performer she has worked with artists, choreographers and filmmakers including: Isabel Lewis, Tate Modern Tanks; Pierre Joseph, Frieze Art Fair; Leimay, Brooklyn Museum; Di Mainstone, The National Portrait Gallery & Barbican.
In 2019 she received an Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice Grant.