MaryAnn L. Miller
Miller is a visual artist specializing in screen prints and artist books. Her work is in the National Museum of Women
in the Arts.
A seriograph from Miller's Alleles series, representing her own medical condition.
"My work is about the rudiments of human existence,
biological identity, who we are genetically and culturally. I imagine the soundless language of chromosomes within the body at
From the Lavinia series, based upon a poem by Lavinia Dickinson, the sister of Emily Dickinson
"Both prints and poems are set out in lines and layers. Layers might be thought of as vertical stacks of lines like verses.
Writing lines and revising helped me to see more clearly how to keep layers of color in prints to a minimum and to think about the
cumulative effect of the layers especially where they intersect. You could liken areas of a print to the enjambment in the lines of
poetry. It's just that the print uses shape and color where the poem uses language. Each requires white space, which is the silence
around and between the words. Each requires "negative capability"--- the possibilities that the reader/viewer brings.
The marks that comprise prints are abstractions just as words are abstractions in many layers of meaning. "