May 4–25, 2017
Katie Miller’s Palimpsest explores Seattle’s rapidly changing urban landscape, capturing the underlying tension between the permanence and ephemerality of the built environment and our shifting sense of place.
As the urban core develops, buildings rise in areas that were once open and spacious. Neighborhoods are littered with construction sites, exposing architectural frameworks and superstructures. Miller distills the abstract linear forms revealed through the building process into flat planes as paper cut-outs. Her imagery—depicted as void and layered or segmented and then reanimated with light and shadow—expresses the temporality of our surroundings and memories of how things were.
“Palimpsest provides a space for visceral engagement through the lens of the architectural silhouette, challenging viewers to consider their own experience in the altered urban landscape,” says Miller.
About the Artist: Katie Miller was born and raised in the backwoods of Northeastern Minnesota, but is now deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest. As an interdisciplinary artist, she creates immersive installations often with a participatory element. Light plays a central role in her work – its temporal quality relating to both perception and place. Miller received a BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and a MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Up Next: Paul Komada’s Monument In Memory: Abstract Alaskan Way opens June 1.