Artist Interview: Nathan Miller

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What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
 1st grade; draw­ing a car shaped as a triangle.
How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
 It all start­ed right after my b‑day on Jan 2011.
I did­n’t want to say, “I nev­er took a shot at cre­at­ing professionally.”
What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
 Look­ing back, there has always been an ele­ment of forms in my ear­li­er work.
Used the Trompe-l’œil tech­nique when paint­ing pop-art items (Claes Old­en­burg is a major influ­ence) or themes.
Then slow­ly moved to abstract geo­met­ric form paint­ings and even­tu­al­ly to sculp­ing with wood.
Long-term goal is to move to met­al and cre­ate for out­door sculptures.
What is your process like?
 It’s a pret­ty organ­ic process for myself: I usu­al­ly get an idea from a movie or music.
Sketch out the idea and deter­mine the scale, but once I start mock­ing up the sculp­ture, there is no plan.
Most of the time, the fin­ish prod­uct does­n’t resem­ble the sketch.
Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
 I pur­pose­ly want my work to bring in my sense-of-humor; some­thing light and airy.
Bold col­ors to help bright­en the view­er’s per­spec­tive and hope­ful­ly a smile.
What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
 5% planned and the rest to chance.
Where do you see your work going from here?
 Big­ger and out­doors (move to metal)