Leah Miller

Joie de Vivre | 1792 Massachusetts Avenue

Leah Miller 
BFA in Graphic Design and Fine Arts candidate, 2014
Thomaston, CT

100 Years Reflected
paper, plastic, photographs, beads, kaleidoscopes, paint, pencil 2012

Statement
Kaleidoscopes create ever changing mandalas.  They establish a mesmerizing sacred space that captivates its audience, entrancing them into a state of playful bliss, away from the hustle and bustle.  Kaleidoscopes take our past and present, organizing them into a microcosmic pattern of our community as seen from the human perspective.  These kaleidoscopic forms reflect my experiences and education at AIB.  Through the combination of images from AIB alumni, students, classrooms, artwork, Joie de Vivre, and the viewer itself, they unite AIB and Cambridge.  I find myself mesmerized by the mandalas, as they are reflective of the life we live and what we have seen.  The kaleidoscopes put our life in a new order and offer endless possibilities.  I find them inspirational with the beauty they can derive from even the ugliest of subjects.  Through interaction with this exhibit, I foster the continual exploration of using the power of art to create a balance in our daily lives and changing cultures.

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