Holiness of the Heart: A Concrete Poetry Art Installation and Artist’s book featuring my ‘Holiness of the Heart’ poem printed upon the feathers of the wings, one wing in English and the other wing in Spanish, which I photographed and printed up large 2.2 m x 1.5 m utilising the room as book, with the walls as pages and the corner as the spine or fold, exploring: The Viewer as Performer / Reading the Gallery Space like a Book / Leading the viewer through the space / The importance of language and translation / The concept of unity – ‘We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another’ – Luciano De Crescenzo / and the concept of spiritual integrity- ‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of Imagination–what the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth’ – John Keats. In this piece each viewer becomes an Angel on Earth.
Rafael MC and Cat
The viewer experiences and engages with the piece by wearing a viewing device, (3D-Spex) to read the affirmations which are designed to create new neurological pathways in the brain that are totally supportive. The prints are available as an Artist’s Book from the Book Art Bookshop in Pitfield St., Shoreditch with a free pair of 3D specs.
Sequence: An Artist’s Book inspired by my mother who has Dementia on the subject of memory, self-identity and intergenerational change, reframing the past to serve in the present, through the materiality of the Artist’s Book and analogue photographs. It is also about the processes of looking. The Summer Show exhibit was accompanied by a series of framed prints which featured only the backs of the analogue photographs, as unique objects in time and space in their own right, which have their own story to tell.
A hardback copy of this book is part of the special collection of Artist’s Books at The British Library, and a saddle-stitched copy of ‘Sequence’ is part of the special collection of Artist’s Books at The Wellcome Library, The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University, London, and The Tetley’s special collection of Artist’s Books in Leeds.
The hardback version will be on display as part of the MA Select Show at the Camberwell Space Gallery, 45- 65 Peckham Road, London, SE5-8UF until 23rd August.
Grateful thanks to everyone who came to the show and engaged with the bookworks.
Camberwell Summer Shows: July 11th – 17th
MA Visual Arts: Book Arts • Designer Maker • Fine Art Digital • Illustration • Printmaking
Saturday: 11am–4.30pm (last entry 4pm)
Monday to Wednesday: 10am–8pm
Camberwell College of Arts, 45–65 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF
In February my Artist’s Book: ‘Sequence’ was acquired at the 22nd Annual International Contemporary Artists Book Fair held at the Tetley in Leeds and is part of the PAGES New Voices collection of Artists’ Books, which has started a short tour of three Yorkshire venues at the Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (Below).
PAGES is coordinated by artists and researchers John McDowall and Chris Taylor. Founded in 1998 and operating around the hub of an annual Artists’ Book Fair, the initiative has provided numerous and wide-ranging opportunities for the development and awareness of the book as primary medium in art practice. Manifestations such as exhibitions, workshops, open calls and curated projects have facilitated experimentation, dissemination and engagement for audience and makers. In 2019 in association with the Fair’s host venue, TheTetley, and with the support of Arts Council England, PAGES has under taken a series of major new projects.
Tetley Collection of Book Artists
Talk on Wednesday 13 March at 6.30.
The books will be on display until Thursday 21 March.
Doncaster Art Gallery & Museum:
Talk on Saturday March 23 at 11.00.
The books will be on display until Friday 29 March.
The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley:
Talk on Saturday 30 March at 11.00.
The books will be on display until Saturday 6 April
I have been invited to take part in The Mexican Embassy’s Camaradas MX-UK / Comrades UK-MX 2019 Exhibition due to take place at the Menier Gallery, London, March 12th-16th. I will produce a concrete poetry Diptych featuring a poem I wrote entitled: Holiness of the Heart which was inspired by John Keats quote:
‘I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the hearts affections and the truth of imagination’.
The purpose of the poem is to remind people of one’s spiritual wellbeing through the medium of language, which is pivotal in the areas of human rights protection, good governance, peace building, reconciliation, and sustainable development. The wing-shaped diptych is inspired by another of my favourite quotes by Luciano De Crescenzo:
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another”.
It will be accompanied by a limited edition Artists Book / Zine featuring the poems translations into French, Spanish and Italian.
From Sunday 12th August 2018 I shall be featured in a month-long solo exhibition of photographic prints all of which were taken within a period of a year on my walks around London. It will be held in the upstairs gallery of The Hanbury Hall in Spitalfields, London.
The Hanbury Hall has a fascinating history that dates back to 1719. Originally built as a small Hugenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory.
Hanbury Hall, 22 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR
Mon – Fri: 8am – 5pm
Weekends: 11am – 6pm.
Tel: 020 7377 6793
They also have a nice coffee shop and free WiFi.
Looking At Looking / Sequence Reframed
This piece is about analogue photography, memory and identity, neuro-diversity, intergenerational change, sequence, reframing the past into the present and the art of looking, as in looking at the processes of looking which in turn reframes the past. The way this particular piece is presented invites the viewer to pick up the book and hold it in their hands while leafing through its pages. The act of handling the book activates the piece. As the viewer looks down upon the book they can see their own hands echoing a similar handling of the book as demonstrated in the photograph below. The hand in the shot belongs to the same women in the photograph. The age difference symbolises the passage of time. What I hope to encourage is a dialogue on the importance of ones memories for a sense of self-identity. How does memory-loss impact ones sense of self-identity? And how can one reframe ones memories so that they may better serve oneself in the present moment?
12th – 18th July 2018: UAL: MA degree shows.
Artists: Cat Miller, Helen Ji Hyoung Gong, Lawrence Blackman, Marton Nemes
Curators: Ileana Tu, Jie Qiu
Opening times: 23th-24th May, 2018 10am- 8:30pm
Private View: Wednesday, 23th May 6pm- 9pm
Place: Chelsea College of Art SW1P 4JU
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas, I am frightened of the old ones.” —— John Cage
Exhibition online: http://abnormal-exhibition.com/
Altered States – book art – by Cat Miller