Shelley Miller


Hand-embossed aluminum foil pans mounted on false support.
7’10” × 11’6” (239 cm × 300 cm).

The Next Best Thing

Seen at Manifestation Internationale d'art de Québec, L'oeil de poisson, Québec City, Aug 31 - Oct 15, 2000.

“To dissimulate is to pretend not to have what one has. To simulate is to feign to have what one doesn't have. One implies a presence, the other an absence.”

- Jean Baudrillard

My ideas stem from a working class standpoint, whereby the lower classes are always struggling to become more like the upper classes. This work is rooted in the tradition of “do-it-yourself” and in the homemakers’ practice of making-do with materials that are readily available.


Within my cake pan pieces, the viewers’ gaze is held, almost in reverence, by the aluminum’s wealth of reflective qualities. My work addresses this search for elegance, yet simultaneously finds comfort within the everyday.


Press for The Next Best Thing:

“Shelley Miller's work addresses this search for elegance and opulence through reflections on appearance and simulation, borrowing shapes and materials from the domestic realm....”

- Édifice Mozart - Rez-de-Chaussée
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