I am interested in the body and its expression. For the last ten years, my main focus in making art has been a fascination with the human figure. I believe that we express our unique, personal narratives through body language. In my artwork I try to connect the sitter with the viewer through the captured energy of mark-making. I enjoy sculpting, mostly from life, using clay (or occasionally soft wax). Once the modelling is completed I usually patinate the surfaces with oil paint and soft wax. I am also addicted to drawing. Although I will often draw and sculpt the same sitter, I don’t generally make preparatory drawings for a piece, although sometimes I will make quick sketches in clay to work out sculpture ideas.
Artist Peter Clossick has said of my work: “We have an expressive honesty in Jess Miller’s sculpture which affirms and implies the existence of a body. A modest realism and sensibility rooted in drawing; with fluidity, energy and feeling of mark. Her figure sculpture brings to mind some portrait works by Jacob Epstein where the human subject is central.”
For the last few years I have exhibited annually as part of the Crouch End Open Studios Art Trail and the LPS Group. Otherwise I mostly shows work in private house exhibitions or mixed group shows.
You can read an interview with me here.
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