kirk miller portrait

elsieAndMe  2023

artist statement

In my recent body of work, I construct prosthetic memories as a means to explore the notion of self. I’ve incorporated thermoplastic and biodegradable plastic figurines (self-portraits) and used redacted religious text fragments to investigate this idea for the past five years. These new works integrate traditional art-making processes along with an interest in exploring new fabrication methods and materials. I work assiduously to bring together many facets of visual art into my projects, which often incorporate sculpture, photography, and installation. My practice is a blend of Minimalism and Conceptualism laced with a droll sense of humor and a tendency towards tongue-in-cheek visual puns that still manage to service a desire to investigate existential and ontological concerns.


Kirk's education and experience cover a broad spectrum of art and art activity. He has a background in art history, commercial illustration and design, and several years working as a conceptual artist. Mr. Miller received a BA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley before going on to earn a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Painting, both from Art Center College of Design. His work has been exhibited at many national and international locations, including Arena 1 Gallery, ARK Gallery & Studios, Site: Brooklyn, South Bay Contemporary SoLA,  Krygier/Landau Contemporary Art, Chapman University, and the Galleria Notturna d'Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Italy. Mr. Miller has taught at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, and Pasadena City College, but for most of his teaching career, he was on faculty at Cerritos College, instructing survey courses, as well as classes devoted explicitly to electronic imaging and installation/experimental art. During his time at Cerritos, he  served as art department chair, gallery director, and was awarded the Outstanding Faculty of the Year. If you have any questions or comments, please contact him at kirkmillerart@gmail.com.