ShantelMiller intentionally works with oil paint to make portraits as it allows for akind of appropriation to take place. Traditionally, portraits made with oilusually connote power, class and gender. As a black woman choosing to use oil paintsto make portraits, her paintings hope to renew and reinvest possibilities that candemocratize image making. She understandspainting as a tool for exploring autobiographical themes that reinstate themultiplicity of blackness. Her artistic practice interrogates societalconstructs of blackness to examine the varying ways black bodies occupyspace is visual culture. Miller layers symbolic figures, familiar imagery andevents to further complicate representations of blackness.
In 2013, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU), majoring in Drawing and Painting.