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Chicory Miles - relief sculptures

Opening on Monday, July 6th 2015 - 5:00 pm

My latest relief sculptures have grown from a series hybrid botanical illustrations originally created as watercolors. They appear at first glance to be studies of plant life, but on closer inspection an unfolding flower is made of curling toes, and the petals of a rose reveal an eye lurking in the center. I have often worked from early botanical and medical illustrations as a source for my sculpture and watercolors. I start by researching and observing various plants then try to grow them into body parts.  I love the strangeness and wonder of early botanical illustrations. With this work, I place myself at the intersection between art and science, becoming a contemporary naturalist who has discovered hybrid organisms yet to be created.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Chicory Miles moved to New Orleans at the age of fourteen. After receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicory was awarded an internship in the Kohler Arts/Industry Program. She then moved to San Francisco and began working at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception as a manager in the Center for Public Exhibition. She received her MFA in Sculpture from California College of Arts. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has also curated exhibitions including Fictional Science, which opened in SoHo, New York. Her work has been an ongoing exploration of the way that human activity has impacted our bodies and environment. Chicory currently teaches at Louisiana State University in the School of Art.

(Miles 2015)