Katita Miller


untitled (Automatic Drawing #16), Acrylic, watercolor, and water-soluble crayon on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2022, $500
untitled (Automatic Drawing #13), Acrylic, watercolor, India ink and water-soluble crayon on paper, 24 x 18 inches, 2022, $500

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Katita Miller (b. 1994, Santa Fe, NM) is a New York-based painter working
primarily with acrylic and collage. She received a B.A. in Studio Art and Spanish from
Wake Forest University in 2016 and completed the MFA program at Hunter College in 2022. Her work has been exhibited at 205 Hudson Gallery in New York, Artspace111 in
Fort Worth, TX and stArt Gallery, Hanes Gallery and Sawtooth in Winston-Salem, NC.

My paintings and drawings depict quotidian scenes through the filter of an
overactive mind. I’m an intensely anxious and obsessive person and often find that my
mind-scape is out of sync with my physical reality. I use collage and pattern to build
maximalist, multilayered surfaces with a complexity that often makes it difficult to grasp
the overall image, echoing the way the incessant noise of thoughts, emotions and
memories can blur and fragment the perception of one’s immediate physical
surroundings. Populated by spectral figures and swirling, portal-like forms, the interiors
and landscapes in my work fluctuate between the mundane and the fantastical. Since
childhood, I’ve been drawn to works of fiction that shift from quotidian scenarios to
bizarre, surreal dream sequences. Sometimes that shift happens abruptly and with little
explanation, like in the films The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952), and
other times magical or supernatural elements are woven in throughout the narrative as unquestioned aspects of that fictionalized world, which is the case in many of Roald
Dahl’s stories. I am also fascinated by the artificial construction of space in film and
theater and the immersive emotional impact these formats can have on audiences
despite their awareness that what is taking place is merely a simulation. This
relationship between simulated scene and emotional immersion is one that I am
investigating in my work as well.