Di Miller

The systematic annihilation of wild animals, insects and flora is only a small part of the continuing degradation of the environment. In my work I use images endangered animals, insects, as well as trees endemic to Southern Africa, and the South African bush as subject, for all of which I have a deep and abiding connection. The animals often have hoods over their heads alluding to their vulnerability and akin to people that are tortured or kidnapped. These anthropomorphic figures may also be read as their interconnectedness to and importance to humans and the environment in general. Wherever possible I use recycled or reclaimed materials and found materials such as flying ant wings, red African soil, broken glass, found wood etc., which i feel add to the meaning of the work but also use more traditional media such as clay, oil paint, encaustic, acrylic etc.

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