When my son became old enough to walk, I grew conscious of the potential dangers in my immediate environment, such as shards of broken glass and broken bits of glass and plastic from car crashes, a reminder of the reckless driving that takes place in the surrounding neighborhood. I walked over 1,000 miles last year, taking my son to and from preschool, and on long nightly walks with our dog. I often stopped to gather shards, unsure of what to do with them.
From the moment I first experimented with making cyanotypes using my collection of shards, I was struck by the results, which inspired and energized me to create the portfolio: “Street Studies.” I had become increasingly fascinated with the cyanotype process that I learned as an artist’s assistant and incorporated into my professional teaching.
100% commitment, for me, refers to the continuous process of creating a sustainable artistic practice that complements and reflects the many aspects of my life experience, engaging my surroundings, community, friends, and family.
Patrick Miller (BFA Fine Arts, ‘00), is an Artist, DJ, and Educator based in Los Angeles. Miller’s work and performances have been presented at Estation Tijuana, UCR Artsblock, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Santa Monica Museum of Art, LACE, Class:C Gallery, Bolsky Gallery, Marcuse Gallery, LA Freewaves, and Orange County Museum of Art. Miller teaches in Otis College Extension.