Trent Miller continues to use outsider artist Emery Blagdon’s “healing machine” structures as starting points for his paintings. The central armatures resemble circus tents, bird cages, sailing ships or towers. Indefinite, yet delineating space, the forms emerge from Miller’s process of making: multiple layers are created then destroyed, fields of color are alternated with lines until the scaffolding appears. Although Miller connects this imagined form with commonplace shapes such as grain silos and constructions sites, the world he paints is completely from his imagination.
Trent Miller grew up in Indiana and earned an MFA in painting at Boston University. He currently lives and in Madison. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, including James Watrous Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin and Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, Indiana.