Oklahoma City – Shawnee artist, Stacey Miller uses images of hummingbirds to capture life’s fragile nature in her new exhibit at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Titled Evanescence, the exhibit is on display through July 10 in the Capitol’s North Gallery.

Visitors to the Capitol can view Miller’s exhibit weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The North Gallery is located on the first floor of the building.

Soon after the loss of her grandmother Miller sought solitude in her art studio to reflect on life and her memories. Miller’s reflections resulted in a series of monotype prints for the exhibit in which she uses the images of hummingbirds to create a common theme signifying the fragile, fleeting nature of life.

“The prints came to life almost immediately after the passing of my grandmother,” Miller said. “(The) loss had more impact on me than I could have expected.”

Within the works Miller attempted to deconstruct the complexities of life and the impressions left on her conscious, simplifying impressions to learn new truths and find moments of rest.

Having little preconception about the finished product before beginning her prints, Miller said she, “allows a subconscious narrative to develop that transcends the images made. It often takes weeks of observation and experimentation for me to decipher the symbolism of my creative process. Hopefully my art will ignite a spark in the viewer’s mind, triggering stories and imaginations of their own.”

Miller began her career in art at the age of 15 as an apprentice to master ceramicist, Don Poole. She studied fine arts at East Central University in Ada and is currently the print studio manager at Untitled [Artsplace] in Oklahoma City. Miller has exhibited her artwork nationally, and her works have been acquired by educational institutions, companies, and private collectors nationwide.

For more information contact Alyson Atchison at (405) 521-2931 or alyson.atchison@arts.ok.gov.

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