A SHALLOW HOLE ROSE ON RED (2018)

Performance to Camera

Photos: Nel Sakuma

In this performance Miller covers her body in a crimson pigment that makes her appear as if she is wearing her skin inside out and seeks to challenge the fetishism of female flesh by drawing on the quote 'a shallow hole rose on red' (Gertrude Stein: Tender Buttons). Turning red alienates her from her natural surroundings, causing her body to become a locus for visual confusion by disrupting the harmonious association between women and nature. These photographs document her cyclical performance process from clean - dirty - clean. The full length mirror used in the beginning as a protective shield becomes a sliver of bath water that acts as a cleansing psychic envelope. 

Materials: crimson powder pigment; full length mirror; water

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© Hollie Miller 2020