Meet the Artist
As a visual artist I am inspired by self discovery and anthropological ideas that drive human behavior. For the past 20 years I have been studying literature, philosophy, science, and human behavior to discover connections and universal truths through my practice. My art practice seeks to understand the interconnections of the human race in nature and the cosmos; I integrate diverse knowledge to unify boundaries between scientific disciplines, ancestral wisdom, spirituality, art, emotions, and mystical experiences. Within the frame of a canvas, I build a world that is elusive, yet undeniably accessible to the one we live in. I Explore the act of silence as a true source of inspiration and consider many of my works to be visual meditations. To me they represent a present mind, an intentional moment, and the pause between habitual patterns. I use acrylic paint, thick texture, imagery, and geometric compositions to speak to these ideas.
For me, creating art is not about telling the viewer what to see, but seeking through my subconscious mind and conscious awareness, filtering them through my artistic process, and connecting that visual language with the observer. Once the artwork is complete it becomes a relic of a self-reflective process, pointing to the depths of the human experience.
Through my art, I aspire to connect a painting with an observer allowing a relationship to form that is both self-reflective & personally informative. Emotions that are present may amplify. If the observer is feeling melancholy or joy the painting is there to accompany them in that emotion. With a present state of mind, one can potentially transcend the separation of object & subject into a unifying experience that can be both profound and insightful. At least, this is my intention.
Matt Miller is a multidisciplinary visual artist with a background in anthropology, fine art, and finance. His work utilizes drawing and painting to explore the earth and surroundings on a greater scale, combining geometry, science, and ancestral wisdom to understand the links of human behavior with nature and the cosmos. His work can be seen across the Northwest Arkansas region in a number of public works and has been exhibited in a number of shows both nationally and internationally.