I seek to reveal the tension between acts of persistence and plasticity through the material alchemy of my practice.
I use my body as an activated and politicised site, bringing charged materials to it to envisage ‘insideness’ and externalise the subconscious.
I make site-responsive and intimate time-based work both live with the audience as witness and in isolation in derelict buildings and remote landscapes with my camera as witness.
I collaborate with musician Craig Scott to create a hyperreal sound world that heightens the intensity of my imagery across performance and film.
Following my performances, sculptural objects, material traces and clothing are often left in the gallery as artefacts that haunt the space in the afterlife with late viewers.
I view the photographic documentation of my performances as crystallisations of living images.
"Like Meret Oppenheim, Hollie Miller knows how to make a seemingly simple gesture that is profound, multi-layered and which burrows immediately into the subconscious."
“There is a poignant sense of equilibrium yet an expressive resonance in what she does,
both reliable yet disturbing.”
“Very tough and sharp. Exciting and refreshing to see an artist use their body as a medium unto itself, both subject and object.”
Hollie Miller is a performance artist with an interdisciplinary practice and background in contemporary dance. She has performed internationally in the UK, Europe, Finland, Switzerland, Argentina and Japan in contemporary art galleries, museums, land art and performance art festivals. She holds an MA from Royal College of Art (2016) and a BPA from Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2010).
She has been artist in residence at: Hogchester Arts (UK), NAIRS Contemporary Art Centre (CH), Serlachius Museum (FI) and La Ira de Dios (AR). Her short films have been shown at feminist film festivals internationally and in 2019 she won The Next Thing Moving Image Award at Bury Art Museum (UK). Exhibitions include: South Kiosk, UK Mexican Arts Society, Airspace Gallery, NewBridge Project and Baltic39 Gallery (UK). Select performances include: MEM Experimental Festival Bilbao (ES), Land Art Biennale Art Safiental (CH), Revolve Performance Art Days (SE), London’s Biennale of International Performance Art & Noise, Apulia Land Art Festival (IL) and 100 Years DADA (JP).
She has performed for Isabel Lewis (Tate Modern Tanks); Pierre Joseph (Frieze Art Fair); Marie-Gabrielle Rotie (Crypt Christ Church Spitalfields, Temperate House Kew Gardens); LEIMAY (Brooklyn Museum); Di Mainstone (National Portrait Gallery, Barbican, Wilton’s Music Hall and Brooklyn Bridge). She has been awarded grants from Arts Council England, European Cultural Foundation, Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust, Argentine Educational Trust, Francis Reckitt, Eaton Fund, Gane Trust and Lisa Ullmann.