Printmaker · Sculptor
Born September 11, 1934, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"I'm always observing the world around me and painting the image of the underdog. I'm compelled to put before people things that attack their feelings and consciousness about social issues."
Marlene E. Miller has been a maker of puppets, and a producer of prints, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. In her art she confronts powerful issues such as the Holocaust, feminism, and homelessness. She focuses on all those who suffer, including the elderly, and victims of AIDS, war, and racism. She went through a landscape painting phase in the 1980s with a focus on social awareness. Her art reflects her desire to elicit a reaction from the viewer; whether positive or negative.
Says Miller about her Holocaust paper-mache scuplture series, "Because of the subject matter, people are reluctant to say they like it. I tell them it's ok to think it's beautiful. That's what it's supposed to be - it's a work of art. And if it affects someone, that's ok too. That's what art is supposed to do." Her emotionally intense art poses questions about existence and the dehumanization that occured during the Holocaust.
Miller's work can be found in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Some of her sculpture was selected for an exhibition on the Holocaust travelling around the United States from 1998 through 2000. In 2012, she had a solo exhibition at the James A. Michener Art Museum, called I Loook, I listen: Works on Paper by Marlene Miller a set of highly skilled drawings of society's disenfranchised.