INTO THE MOUNTAIN (2016 - 18)
A series of outdoor site-responsive performances made in response to mountainous landscapes in the UK, Ireland and Europe recorded through photography and moving image.
In these works Miller strives to create a dynamic between the physical and the metaphysical through using performance as a tool for transformation and female ascension. These subtle environmental provocations seek to question and inform our relation to land, whilst reclaiming the mountains back from the macho. By placing her body within the landscape, both interrupting and merging with the land, she surrenders to the earth as mother or lover.
"In her performance 'Held' Miller stood on tiptoes for an hour, wedged between two volcanic rocks, exploring the concept of embodiment with startling literalism. Stripped of any protective layers, and tellingly insignificant in relation to the mountainous backdrop, she is practicing a kind of corporeal geology in this piece - a human-crystal vein bisecting the rock suggesting, perhaps, a lost meeting point between the rocks many millions of years ago. Miller's nakedness also invites what cultural studies critics have called kinaesthetic empathy: 'the ability to experience empathy merely by observing the movements of another human being' (Reynolds and Reason, 2011). As audience to this work, we look and we feel: the scratch of rock on chest, the enforced shortsightedness of her position, the claustrophobic confinement."
Jonathan Pitches, Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Leeds.
Materials: floor length mirror; mud
Second-hand clothes: beige handmade suit; beige heeled ankle boots; baby blue motorbike leathers; blue heeled ankle boots