Inspired by her immediate surroundings, Shantel Miller considers her artistic practice as intimate as a spiritual relationship. As the daughter of Jamaican ministers who immigrated to Canada, spirituality has deeply influenced Millers understanding of herself in relation to the world. Her figurative paintings pull from personal narrative as a departure point for visual language to describe lived and imagined experiences. In her work, she uses collage as a tool to create relationships with cultural signifiers that influence perception and identity. Integral to her creative process is symbolic use of color, gesture and intuitive use of line to suggest tension emotional tonality in subject matter. Miller intentionally works with oil paint to make portraits as it allows for a kind of appropriation to take place. Traditionally, portraits made with oil usually connote power, class and gender. As a black woman choosing to use oil paints to make portraits, her paintings hope to renew and reinvest possibilities that can democratize image making.Throughout her career as an emerging artist she has developed a unique ability for storytelling in her detailed portraits that welcome viewers into a meditative space of what it means to be human. Miller's artwork has exhibited across North America in galleries and art fairs including Xpace Cultural Centre, Sandbox Studios, NADA Art Fair and more. She has participated in residencies at the Nia Centre for the Arts in Toronto and on Cuttyhunk Island in Massachusetts. During this strange period of isolation she has continued investigating her interest in printmaking, exploring techniques such as relief printing and monotypes. Miller currently lives and works in Boston, MA where she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University. 

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