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 Carol Miller  (1933 - )

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Lived/Active: California / Mexico      Known for: sculptor-mod figure, photographer

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1933 (Los Angeles, California)
 
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted September 2004 and updated February 2007, is from the artist whose studio is in the Pedregal suburb of Mexico City:

Carol Miller was born in Los Angeles but went to live in Mexico a half century ago, from where she has been for many years a free-lance travel writer, a foreign correspondent for Life Magazine during the early sixties, author and translator. For the past four decades, she has been a sculptress with over two-hundred individual and group shows.

In addition she is a photographer and scholar; and through travel and research, has become an authority on some world cultures including the Mayan people. She is an active member of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), where she serves on the Media Relations Committee; and the Institute of Maya Studies (IMS); and she sits on the Board of Advisors at "Exploring Solutions Past", connected with El Pilar, an archaeological reserve for Maya flora and fauna in Belize. This great Classic Period site is further described in Miller's "Belize, An Interruption of the Jungle".

She creates bronze sculpture by the lost wax method, devoted exclusively to stylzed figures of men, women, children and animals, often in couples or groups of two or
three, with emphasis on movement and intense emotional content. Faces, however, are devoid of features. Though many other artists resort to this ploy today, when Carol Miller began her career, nearly a half-century ago, this was an innovation, which merited much comment among art critics and the cultural press of the day.

The artist feels that "only God creates portraits" so leaves the features to the viewer's imagination, expressing feeling, sensation, sympathy and identification through body language.

Originally (and still) a journalist and writer, Miller began her career in art as a result of an interview with the late Mexican sculptress Charlotte Yazbek, who appeared in a spread confected by Miller for Life Magazine in the early 60's, while Yazbek was exhibiting at the New York World's Fair. Yazbek encouraged Miller to try her hand at sculpture and made her studio, clay and materials available.

Though Miller came to Mexico from the States in the early 50's, as a writer, and became by turns a publicist, foreign correspondent, translator, photographer and researcher initially devoted to Mexico's ancient past, she still exhibits her dark green bronzes, that are recognizable figures and a tangible message in art. Miller's sculpture is inspired essentially in the history and mythology of cultures she  studies, in order to examine what she calls "their cultural convergence", a phenomenon that has led her to form a vast library and to travel to over 90 countries.

From March 17 2007 to June 10, 2007, an exhibition, Carol Miller, 40 years in Sculpture, was held at the Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City.



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