Each exhibition produced was accompanied by a separate statement, please read the statements below for each exhibition (missing Under the Influence)
With over 20 years of art exhibition experience, Jordan Miller is well-known for creating unique and brightly coloured abstract works with significant personal life stories. Her works are about social interactions, physical responses or emotional reactions. No matter how hard she peels back the layers to simplify, or to build new layers, she remains connected to the experience. Although these experiences may be abstract beyond recognition, she invites viewers to create their own story.
For this exhibition, To Build | To Simplify, Jordan reworked several previously completed artworks. Words, lines, complex structures and a more cohesive mix are what separates this show from past exhibitions. This process took Jordan to new places by simplifying the process, leaving ‘white negative space’ or building layers of ink, alcohol ink, acrylic ink, acrylic, image transfers. Glimpses of new layers enhance the work and show the change in thought or experience. For the most part, her colour vibrancy has reverted to more muted tones while others remain bold and intense.
This exhibition hosted at Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment Centre is dedicated to the memory of Virginia Miller, Jordan’s paternal grandmother. Virginia was on the board of directors of Portage District Arts Centre (1980s) as President, Vice President and Chair. She believes that her grandmother’s love for the arts, and childhood experiences, taking her to shows and concerts, led her to became an arts professional.
Jordan Leigh Miller, a Winnipeg artist, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (2002) with majors in Drawing, Painting & Mixed Media. She also holds a diploma in Arts and Cultural Management (2008).
Jordan Miller has hosted exhibitions at Gallery in the Park, cre8ery, Golden Prairie Arts Centre, Piano Noble Gallery (Centennial Concert Hall) and has works available at Pulse Gallery, Gallery Lacosse, and Ken Lee’s Accounting Firm. She has exhibited in many group and solo shows in Winnipeg.
In 2011, Jordan was the recipient of the 35th Annual Woman of Distinction Award, in the Arts Category. The Province of Manitoba purchased “Finding Home” which made a permanent home at “Canada House” on Donald Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jordan was one of three finalists for the Future Leaders Of Manitoba Awards in 2015.
Current memberships include Prairie Fusion Arts and Entertainment, Creative Manitoba, Urban Shaman, and Mentoring Art for Women’s Art (MAWA). She is a past Member of Manitoba Society of Artists, aceart, and CARFAC.
Jordan creates art in addition to her positions as a Mentor, Art Consultant, Art Instructor, Owner /Executive Director at cre8ery gallery & studio.
June 1 to July 29, 2017
Gallery in The Park, Altona, MB
This exhibition began as an abstract look at the relationships with my mentor, my family, my friends, and my supporters. What started as an examination of personal relationships quickly changed when an unfortunate accident left me temporarily unable to continue painting in the style I am known for. The accident redefined my artistic method, prompting me to refocus from relationships with others to my relationship with the art medium itself. Constrained by a limited range of motion, I worked to interpret, imagine and bring out what was already there, collaborating with the unpredictable flow of pouring mediums on wood panel, and of alcohol inks on yupo paper. Rather than imposing what I felt “should” be there, I moved toward uncovering relationships between the forms and figures through a careful process of adding and taking away.
In these pieces, strong, complementary colour blends of primary, secondary and tertiary colours occur naturally, building form into the works. Figures emerge through slight manipulations to the alcohol ink and pouring medium, using tools to sweep and swirl the paint. This intuitive abstract painting style creates a continuous through-line in which the elements of colour and form speak to each other across very different works.
The Wandering Chaos Series is concerned with finding direction in one’s life amongst the distractions one may face in a time of development and transition. This series was inspired by a recurring dream of feeling unable to find a path or a direction, and of the urge to find a missing piece or key. The embroidery supplies the viewer with a continual directional line or path or a stitching together of two pieces. The chaos of finding direction and balance is temporary and is represented through the changing direction in the works.
These works bear titles that suggest at the emotional state of the artist and the subject matter that emerged through the process of creation. In the careful addition of mixed media, mark-making, and the striking of a harmonious balance between artist and artistic medium, these pieces invite the imaginative collaboration of the viewer to mine the forms and further interpret the relationships within them.
October 2-27, 2015: It All Starts with A Line….cre8ery gallery & studio, reception: October 2, 7-10pm
Art- it all starts with a line, a line that stretches, grows and transforms.
March 3- April 2, 2015: Imaginary Places & Faces by Jordan Miller & Elaine Baril, Golden Prairie Arts Council in Carman, Manitoba
Finding calm in a fast-paced environment can be challenging. In 2014, I made painting more freely and intuitively a priority. Painting in this manner took me on an adventure to a world of imaginary landscapes and serene places of gentle meditation. With no plans in mind, days spent painting turned into emotional journeys, freeing my mind. Problems became more palatable after immersing myself in my art.
The figures, buildings, mountains, and trees in the piece, Window of Opportunity, formed as I painted. This piece expressed my desire to tear down old barriers and live a more stress-free life. My desire was to get away from day to day struggles, to find a new way of living. Coincidentally, after finishing the piece, my life did change and I learned of significant good news.
Finding Calm, 100 Hours of Meditation was created about the same time as Window of Opportunity. I began painting memories of our cottage at Delta Beach, dreaming of reclaiming a place and time that was long gone. Soon after, the sand, water and sky appeared. The negative space in the piece was intentionally blocked out in the beginning for me to work on later. I initially planned to paint the negative space heavily, but once I was ready to work on it, I couldn’t get myself to break the airy freedom that the empty space created. At that point, my meditation took the form of needlework. What initially started as just a few lines through the canvas identifying land, water, and sky, soon turned into a hundred hours of stitching.
These Three, the only piece with facial representation, was created in a similar intuitive process. Though the faces in the piece do not represent me the way a portrait would, it represents three aspects of my profession and the way I work towards managing my priorities. These icicle-like faces are all frozen, melting away in the heat. These three roles can be, at times, the cause of my grief but are often the root of my joys and personal triumphs.
March 2013: Jordan Miller & Dave Swiecicki collaborated to create emotionally charged intuitive abstract pieces, conceptual image transfers, and landscapes for their exhibition Sweet and Innocent. In addition to collaborating on some works the couple also created in their own mediums separately.
On the Other Side of Unhappy showcases how their painting styles meld together with a new intensity. In the two photography/Image Transfer series: Cocoon to Butterfly and Layered Emotion, the images of Jordan were photographed by Dave and transferred onto canvas by Jordan. They conceptually relate to the building blocks involved in running a business, the long days, the stressful nature of being an artist and cre8ery’s director. Overtime, the she lets go, becomes more confident and is able to stand proud of what she has accomplished. She is released from her cocoon, her fear and insecurity. She is set free in mind, body, and spirit.
Dave has fully produced, directed, and edited his first music video, The Light That’s Never Off for musician Scott Hinkson. He will also feature a video about the creation of this exhibition and a documentary about Bennie Peters from 2012. All three videos will be played, on March 15, in the classroom studio for the opening reception. Dave, who is known mostly as a musician and a photographer, is also completing an interesting mix of photography, paintings and image transfers.
Jordan created a series of child innocence paintings featuring memories from 1980 to 1986 on the beach of Delta, on a trip to PEI, in Kenora, and in Clarkleigh, Manitoba. Also in her childhood memories, she recalls her Grandma Miller’s interest in sewing and music. Grandma’s Dress is the fabric found in her grandmother’s sewing room along with patches, music notes and thread, which were used in Sweet Virginia.
The variety of pieces: video, photography, image transfers and paintings, showcase their different styles and concepts without compromising each other or without hushing a voice that needed speaking. The reality of it is, sometimes artists just need to ‘produce’ and not always produce a ‘body’ of work. Although we could talk about each piece, we want to keep a little mystery to these groupings of works—because its not a body, its just a sweet innocence that needs exploring.
February 28-May 6, 2012
Finding Home, Searching Self: An Exhibition by Jordan Leigh Miller
The creation of this exhibition, “Finding Home, Searching Self” began as a journey of change, growth, and rebirth. It features my personal story of finding home and the challenges experienced in living alone. In 31 years, I moved 21 times and lived in five communities and eight Winnipeg neighborhoods. In 2011, after living in Winnipeg for 13 years, the longest I have lived in any town or city, I purchased my first home with my own money. No longer a renter or a roomate, I feel like I found my place deep within downtown, drawn in by the Exchange District’s historic buildings, active night-life, artistic hub, and energy. Coincidentally, the artwork, “Finding Home” took eight months to produce, the same number of months it took to purchase my true “home” and the number of different homes I have lived in, in Winnipeg.
The search for a new home was the catalyst to my newest creative journey. What does home mean? Where do I want to live? What do I need? How is my sense of self connected to the idea of home? Although I was confused at first, as time progressed what I was looking for became clear. This exhibition works through these questions and led me to discover what I truly wanted in a home. Through the experimentation of new techniques, old paintings are transformed through image transfers and multiple thicknesses of paint. Like an idea reborn, each step transforms the artworks into something new–similar to my journey to discover a home. By thinking about “home” and through the support of my friends, this artistic journey of change has helped me rediscover my renewed self. As time progressed, my old artworks changed along with my perception of who I am and where I see myself at home. I know myself better than I did a year ago. As 2011 ended, I found home for the first time, in my city, with my art.
Predominant themes from my past exhibitions regarding life, time, and relationships have resurfaced in life structures and other personalities, an exhibition of 364 mixed media/collage works and stitched ‘personalities’. Each work represents a day in our daily life.
Overall, “Life Structures” is a personal reflection and commentary on how people’s lives differ, how busy we all are, how much or little we appreciate what we have, and how easily we can push away important aspects of life–joyful moments and people we cherish.
Other Personalities is a playful interpretation of stitched hands interacting like bodies, some of which are abstracted and morphed into humorous or serious characters. Inspired and guided by both beautiful and devastating images, this series was created as a representation of the lives of others, a concerned reaction to the environment, and an emotional response to the moment in which it was created.
Two years ago, while both working full time and taking on freelance contracts, I realized that my career as an arts administrator was booming while my career as an artist was slipping away. Unable to pass up new opportunities, I had stepped back from my art practice. Art was missing from my daily structure and this absence was adversely affecting other areas of my personal life.
This realization became the driving force behind my decision to undertake an ambitious goal: I would create a new work of art for every day of the year. “Life Structures & Other Personalities” is the result of my attempt to bring art back into my daily life.
Exhibition is installed in the middle of the gallery, not on the walls of the gallery, in order to represent My Structure: My Life, My Work, My Home. My Love. My Sanity..