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FREYDA MILLER

 

 

Fetal Woman

 

 

 

Dead Bride

 

 

 

Michelle

 

 

 

Caged

 

 

 

Flight

 

 

 


Beauty and the Bird

 

 

 


The Crib

 

 

 

Til Death

 

 

 


The Dinner Party






All images in these files are from my book “Here Comes the Bride and Other Nightmares"

 


"Here Comes the Bride and Other Nightmares," is a collection of provocative, emotional and dream-like photographic images compiled from the works of artist Freyda Miller. By juxtaposing her photography with quotes from historical and literary figures she examines the personal, social, political, spiritual and materialistic aspects of marriage. Miller’s work reflects the roles women play in society, highlighting unreal expectations, misconceptions, fairytale beliefs and surrounding myths.
“Here Comes the Bride and Other Nightmares”
A fine art photography book
By Freyda Miller
Release date: September 1, 2014
Published by Warner House Editions
ISBN 978-0-9910295-0-1
127 pages – 58 images
Foreward by Shana Nys Dambrot
Huffington Post article in Arts & Culture section– August 22, 2014


Here Comes the Bride and Other Nightmares brings together over 35 years of my visual art and photography. The elements within the images are assembled to form a metaphorical language that draws on the mysterious, dream imagery, distant memories, gut reactions, unspoken fears, amorphous hopes, and unabashed creative license.

The following statement comes in retrospect and is not part of an agenda, social or otherwise. This work emerges intuitively and continues to be an intrinsic part of my art.

The subject of marriage embraces the personal, social, political, spiritual and materialistic. Integrated amongst the images are quotes that resonate deeply for me, ultimately becoming an essential part of the dialogue and narrative.

This body of work reflects the roles women play in society, highlighting unreal expectations, misconceptions, fairytale beliefs and surrounding myths. By creating dualities in which beauty is offset by an element of fear or discomfort, I am exploring an inner turmoil that is often filled with guilt, a sense of loss, introspection and the struggle for growth.

Portraying the feminine as both provocative and vulnerable evoke issues of self-esteem, autonomy and equality. The gestures of these women are slight and subtly hinted at, revealing the secrecy and pretense women often subject themselves to in order to be accepted by a society they view as critical. In addition, the hidden faces of the women not only universalizes and secures these models’ identity, but also demonstrates my own need to protect their modesty and decorum.

Vintage treasures and personal mementos hint at double meanings, creating hidden and whispered dialogue. Traditional objects, which often connote purity, such as veils and bouquets, are slightly altered in order to allude to a greater truth that might be lurking behind assumed customs. The wardrobe and accessories are used to create visual layers, which demonstrates a pretense to conceal but ultimately is the force that reveals and punctuates the naked form.

Soft lighting and minimal compositions further exemplifies social pressures and womanly composure and explores the impact that social standards continue to have on women.

The brides appear passive and inoffensive but are only facades for what simmers below the surface.

Freyda Miller resides in Los Angeles where she has worked as a visual artist since 1978. She is a graduate of the UCLA Fine Art Department, where she graduated cum laude with a major in Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Arts and an emphasis in fine art photography.

In 1978 Miller began exhibiting and working at Soho/Cameraworks, a photography gallery in West Hollywood. After leaving the gallery, she became a stylist/production coordinator assisting a prominent commercial photographer with casting, wardrobe, set decorating, location scouting, and props. In the mid 1980s she continued her styling and production coordinating services by developing her own business, Prop Connection West, which targeted photographers and commercial production companies on the East coast and in the Midwest.

During this time period she continued creating and exhibiting her own fine art photography and incorporating her intuitive skills of collecting and assembling elements to create her personal work. Freyda’s consistent focus on the feminine is translated through various mediums of her art, which includes photography, assemblage, painting and books.

By the late 1990s, Miller had established a studio and was working exclusively on her own art. At this time she began compiling Here Comes the Bride and Other Nightmares and The Naked Tree, the two handmade books that are included in the UCLA collection.

In the early 2000’s, she began working on an assemblage series, which was a natural outgrowth of her photography and film work. This led to her Fertile Dreams series that has been exhibited to positive reviews.

Freyda is a member of Women in Photography International, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Los Angeles Assemblage Group, Southern California Women’s Caucus for the Arts and the National Women’s Caucus for the Arts. Her work has been collected by The St. Louis Museum of Art, The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Rijksmuseum: Amsterdam, Tokyo and Fuji Art Museum: Tokyo, Peter Palmquist Archives at Yale University: Women In Photography International Archives and UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections.


COLLECTIONS:

In the selected collections of:

The New Orleans Museum of Art
Tokyo and Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo
Peter Palmquist Archives at Yale University
Women in Photography International
The St. Louis Museum of Art
Rijksmusem Amsterdam
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

• From Her: an Exhibition by Women about Women : March 2014 – El Pueblo Historical Monument, Los Angeles, CA.
• Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art - 10” x 10” Exhibit – March 2014 - Los Angeles, CA.
• Los Angeles Assemblage Group LAAG – Surrealism Meets Assemblage - February to March, 2014 – The Loft, San Pedro, CA.
• A Window Between Worlds -– Exhibited and donated work to “I Can We Can” End Domestic Violence, a curated exhibit – Beverly Hills, CA – October 2013
• Los Angeles Assemblage Group LAAG – Portrait Exhibit – The Loft, San Pedro,
Sept. – Oct. 2012
• Photo LA 2012. Co-curated and exhibited in historical installation for Soho/Cameraworks Gallery
• American Jewish University – Platt Gallery – “Getting it Together” – 3 person exhibit –
May through August 2011.
• St Louis Community Center College in Missouri
• Women’s Studies Reseach Center of University of Wisconsin-Madison
• LA Municipal Art Gallery – Ontario Airport – Dec. 2010 – Feb. 2011
• The Loft Studios and Gallery – “Musical Chairs” – LAAG – San Pedro – Dec. 2010
• Woman Made Gallery – “Mothers’” – Chicago, Illinois – Nov. – Dec. 2010
• National Women’s Caucus for Arts – Featured Artist of the Month – Nov. 2010
• Summer Studios – “ Transformers “– Los Angeles Assemblage Group Show – August 2010
• California State University Channel Islands –“ Memory’s Touch” – June 2010
• Women in Photography International – Jurors Choice Honorable Mention – “A Decade of Images” – June 2010
• Finlandia University Reflection Gallery – “The Apron Show” Hancock Michigan
February 2010
• From the Center” – National Women’s Caucus for Art – Chicago, Illinois – Curated by Lucy Lippard – February 2010
• Solo Exhibit – “Fertile Dreams” – Art Dimensions – Los Angeles, CA – February 7
– March 21, 2009
• The Finegood Art Gallery – West Hills, CA – June 2009
• National Conference of Women’s Caucus for Art 2009 – “ Like Water on Rock” – Los Angeles, CA
• The Women’s Museum, Dallas, Texas, “In the Beginning” – National Conference of
Women’s Caucus for Art 2008
• Noho Gallery – “The Feminine Mystique” – North Hollywood, CA 2007
• The Center For Fine Art Photography “The Naked Truth”- Fort Collins, CO.
• El Camino College “The Tree of Life” – Torrance, CA.
• Gallery 825, 2005 “The F Stops Here” – Curated by Tim Wride – Los Angeles, CA
• LA Artcore Brewery Annex – Wallworks 2005 – Group show – Los Angeles, CA
• Here Comes the Bride and other Nightmares – Photography book paired with classical literature
– In the collection of UCLA Department of Special Collections.
• The Naked Tree – Photography book paired with classical literature – collection of UCLA Deparment of Special Collections.
• Modern Art Downtown MAD – “Table of Contents” 2005 Los Angeles, CA
• The Canvas Gallery – “Incredible Eyes” Group Exhibition – San Francisco, CA
• The Center for Fine Art Photography – “Intimate Flora”- Fort Collins, CO
• A.I.R Gallery 6th Biennial – March 2005 – New York, N.Y. curated by Elizabeth A. Sackler, Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art
• 2nd City Council 2004 – “Honoring the Found” -Long Beach, CA
• Gallery 825, 2004 – “The F-Stops Here,” juried by Tim Wride–La Cienega, CA
• Gallery 825, 2004 – “Visual Vernacular” –La Cienega CA
• TCB Publishing – 2004“Incredible Eyes” –San Francisco, CA Image published
• Woman Made Gallery – 2004 “Annual Members’ Show” – Chicago, Ill
• Photo LA, 2004 Women In Photography International – 5 Person Exhibition
• Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga, CA Group Exhibition
• Lankershim Gallery, NOHO, Group Exhibition North Hollywood, CA
• Photographic Process V – Period Gallery, Omaha, NE. Group exhibition
• 31st Annual Photo Exhibition – Yakima, WA. Group Exhibition, Award for Excellence
• Photo LA 2003 – Santa Monica, CA., Women In Photography International
• Art –Pic Gallery – Painting/Photography- North Hollywood CA. Solo Exhibit.
• Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County-“Here Come the Brides” – Group Exhibit.
• South Shore Art Center – “Re-figured” – Cohasset, MA. Group Exhibit, work reviewed in Art New England
• “Photo L.A.” – Women in Photography International – Santa Monica, CA. 2002
• “Photo Impact” – Women in Photography International – Santa Monica, CA.
• McLean Gallery – Painting/Photography- Malibu, CA. Solo Exhibit
• APA L.A. – Exhibit and Auction – Hollywood, CA.
• Neiter Fine Arts – Malibu, CA. Group Exhibit.
• Laguna Art Museum – Sales and Rental, Laguna Beach, CA. Four Person Exhibition
• LACMA – Rental and Sales Gallery – Los Angeles, CA. Group Exhibit. Represented for many years.
• San Diego Museum of Art – Artists Guild California Juried Exhibit. *Received Distinctive Merit Award
• Stephen White Gallery of Photography – “California Contemporaries” – Los Angeles, CA. Group Exhibit.
• Morgan Wixson – Photography – Santa Monica, CA. Solo Exhibit.
• Los Angeles Art Association Galleries – Panel member and exhibitor.
• Coos Art Museum – “5th Annual Juried Exhibition” – Coos Bay, OR. Group Exhibit.
• Soho/Cameraworks Photo Gallery – Color Photography – Los Angeles, CA. Solo Exhibition
• Soho/Cameraworks Photo Gallery – “Erotica” – Los Angeles, CA. Print Published - reviewed in Artweek. Group Exhibit
• Soho/Cameraworks Photo Gallery – “Private Editions” Group Exhibit – Los Angeles, CA. Print published -reviewed in Artweek


RELATED SHOWINGS


Photography/Paintings have been seen on various TV shows: Will & Grace, ER, Miss/Match, Becker, Nip Tuck, Hidden Hills, CSI, Three Sisters, Gilmore Girls, etc.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
:

Los Angeles Assemblage Group
Women in Photography International
Womanmade Gallery, Illinois
National Women’s Caucus for the Arts
Southern California Women’s Caucus for the Arts


ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
:

20 Years - photo stylist/production coordinator for national print ads and commercials. Wardrobe, set decorating, propping, casting, location scouting, and complete production.

Clients: Altoids, Kodak, Mattel, ABC TV, Sheraton Hotels, United Airlines, Sprint, Polaroid, etc.


EDUCATION:


Bachelor of Arts Degree, UCLA. Graduated Cum Laude. Specialization: Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts with an emphasis in Fine Art Photography.
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SOCIAL MEDIA 2014
https://www.facebook.com/people/Freyda-Miller/100002504821196


UPDATE - JULY 2015 - MARCH 2016

Woman’s Museum of California - Solo Exhibition - “Here Comes the Bride and Other Nightmares”  -   A collection of over 60 photographs and assemblages of Freyda Millers’ work dating from the late 1970’s through the present.  Included is her book of the same title.   San Diego, California - June 4th through July 15th, 2015.

“Millers oeuvre has a significant place in the trajectory of art history.  She recalls the historical and brings forward a unique personal body of work.  As a Postmodernist, she invents her subjects, fabricates them, arranges, changes and stages.  She is an artist who is well aware of history and acknowledged that in “Here Comes the Bride and Other Nightmares.”
Karen Schulman
Art Historian 2014


“Miller is drawn to objects possessing a quality of evocative and poetic significance so that the personal and the universal mingle as she refines her visual language.  While the images are often quite beautiful they are also frequently dark, mysterious and iconoclastic.  This reflects Miller’s perennial impulse to render an element of the amiss, to assert that things are not always as they seem…although the nuptial ceremonial and ritual iconography is overt and recognizable, the Bride as she appears here is a symbol for a fuller range of female consciousness.  The true strength of this book is reflective of how far women have come, yet profoundly expressive of women’s veiled turmoil, conflict and continued struggle for equality.”
Shana Nys Dambrot
Art Critique and Curator
Huffington Post, Arts & Culture 2014


“Freyda Miller’s journey in art reflects a personal narrative that also captures the layers and conflicting dualities of women’s realities as they attempt to satisfy the stereotypes and myths of marriage and motherhood.  The women seem staged, are faceless, perhaps voiceless, static and objectified like props placed in scenarios that serve to bolster the image of marriage.  The painterly quality of her photography derives from her subtle hand tinting.  The prolific use of veils creates an impressionist mist-like quality that literally thinly veils their nakedness and vulnerability.  Aprons, perhaps also a metaphor for domesticity, are on clotheslines held in place by clothespins.  They blow in the wind but cannot escape."
Dr. Faye Margolis, Ph.D
Psychologist 2014


Freyda continues to work on photography, assemblage, painting and books and is in the process of creating a new series.  Again, female consciousness weaves through the body of work entitled “Pieces of Me.” This is a compilation of prop and wardrobe pieces collected through the years with the intent of combining the photographic process with the 3D assemblage work. Time will tell what the outcome will be as the personal intertwines with the universal. Intuition and the idea that “things are not always as they seem” take center stage in this work that embarks on a life of its own.


Freyda Miller
WIPI PhotoProfile
freydamiller@earthlink.net
www.freydamiller.com

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File complete August 30, 2014
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Update / COMPLETE 4/22/2015 physical materials, book, (signed to Women in Photography International),
article, announcement card
Update Biography Final, February 2016 - WIPI group library submission



 

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