oil on paper

6.5 x 7.5 inches (image)

Ali Miller - "Purple Haze"

  • My work weaves personal fantasies and anxieties about the unknown into surreal staged scenes. Through saturated colors, high contrast, theatrical lighting, and varied surface textures, I create exaggerated, romantic worlds gone awry. I use these extremes to convey a confliction of emotional truths. The cornucopia opulence is sometimes ecstatic and sometimes a choking, suffocating illusion. The ideals of perfection and beauty are prevailing themes in my work. My paintings ask, what does an ideal moment, romance, or atmosphere look like? This same lens is applied to the paint, scrutinizing ideal compositions, color palettes, and techniques, while embracing a level of uncertainty, tension, experimentation, and obsession. The result of my process is a space more ornate and more beautiful than that which I inhabit; it is at once a stage for the fantastical expectations of my life and a space for contemplating the disparity between the real and the imagined.


    Ali Miller is a New York City-based artist from Long Island, NY, working in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Miller constructs fantastical nonlinear-narratives, addressing themes of expectation, using extreme and surreal scenarios. Miller received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting in 2012 and her BFA from Alfred University in 2008. She has attended residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Golden Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Chautauqua Institution. In 2012, Miller received the Best in Show Prize at the Bethesda Painting Awards. Miller's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and her work can be found in both public and private collections.