Shelley Miller


Hand-embossed aluminum foil pans mounted on false support.
900 sq. ft (83 m2), each pan 40cm × 46cm. 448 pans total.
Installation at Maison de la culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Montreal), November 14 - December 18, 2002.
Hand-carved Indian white marble.

The Rise and Fall

This exhibition consists of two complementary installations that both glorify and equate the monumental with the domestic. One uses the domestic material of aluminum baking pans to replicate the cavernous and ornate ceiling of a cathedral. The other uses the monumental material of white marble to glorify the humble simplicity of a homemade cake. This exhibition addresses the search for permanence and fantasy, yet simultaneously finds comfort within the everyday.

Installation at Stride Gallery (Calgary), May 14 - June 14, 2003.

Press for The Rise and Fall:

“As with Baudrillard's fastidious character who begins with creating buildings out of cake and ends with creating a world out of concrete, so too does Miller wish to create a separate world....”

- Mikaela Bobiy, The Stride Gallery (Calgary), 2003.
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“Evidently fascinated by ornamental carvings and architectural embellishments on old buildings, Miller creates installations that reference not only by-gone craft but also modern replications....”

- Susan Gibson Garvey, Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax), December 2002.
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