Don Miller received an MFA in 3-D design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in German from the University of Kansas. He has previously taught in the furniture design program at Rhode Island School of Design.
His sculpture and furniture works are inspired by a broad range of historical woodworking practice and have been shown in New York, Boston and the upper Midwest. A background as a stringed instrument maker and a developing interest in fiber-based processes augment his long practical woodworking experience.
Miller was selected from among more than 150 finalists as the 2010 NICHE Arts Educator of the Year
Relationships with the world of objects continually advance and recede as our bodies navigate physical space. As we sense these interactions, patterns emerge that identify objects of use as extensions of the mechanical body. This fundamental identification underpins the concept of function.
The human body senses purpose on a level deeper than these specifics of use. Our perceptions of scale, spatial orientation, materiality and manufacture are foundations for the identities that we project upon functional objects.
What is the language with which we as active subjects project these identities upon objects in our environment?
My current work investigates the origins of this identification between the body and everyday objects. On one hand, abstract forms draw specific meaning from their context. On the other, familiar forms, when abstracted, evoke the universal. Each view affords a vantage point from which to regard the interrelatedness of the subject and object.
This dialectic of subject and object, of user and useful, is an essential way we manifest our world - as both experience and metaphor.
Class Schedule, Spring 2015
|08:30AM - 11:20AM|
01:00PM - 03:50PM
|Craft Senior Projects|
|F||10:00AM - 04:20PM||Low-Tech Furniture|
|T||01:00PM - 06:50PM||Wood Studio|