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Artist ID: 2333

This work comes from a place of exploration. When the interior domestic meets cave depths. Stalactites form and drip onto glinting floors. It’s a queer space, but only for the feminine-pushing out all other. Woman encountering woman, a tender yet feral moment. It steals back the position of power defying the unnatural order. A place that requires proof of its existence far removed from the mundanity of earthly bonds.
A quick and raucous exploration of materials-sharp elements that appear soft. There is a presence of saccharine glitter and gems that add no nutritional value-they’re purely pleasure. Colors are natural to the environment from which they came-a sunbleached shimmering biome of undulating fluorescence. At times color represents skin and at times it represents the terrain in which the skin traverses.

A realness that permeates each surface, carrying with it historical notions of how the feminine has endured. Myths of women intertwined-blood drinkers, harlots, and witches. All of this is a reclamation. A point so sharp that it cannot hide.

Kirby Miles is a queer woman artist living and working in Chattanooga, TN. She received her BFA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2017 and received her MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2019. She also attended Chautauqua School of Art in 2018. She is a curator at Wavelength Space, an artist-run collective in Chattanooga.

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