Artist Statement & Biography
In my recent work, I am particularly aware of the demands of motherhood, preservation of memory, and repetitious patterns of thought and behavior. Consistent in my work throughout the past number of years are my children’s mark making, textile design, Biblical text and stories, and a deep rooted passion for painting, drawing, and making. My work often shifts between recognizable imagery and abstraction; between concrete ideas and references to intuitive ways of thinking and making.
Predominant in my work over the past year are imagery of interior spaces and the reoccurring pod shape. Interior space imagery includes that of bowls, chairs, caned and woven chair seats, tables, rugs, and quilts.
Ashley Sauder Miller lives with her husband and four children in Harrisonburg, VA. She earned undergraduate degrees from Hesston College (Kansas) and Eastern Mennonite University and her Master of Fine Arts from James Madison University with an emphasis in painting and drawing.
Miller was a finalist for the 2017 William and Dorothy Yeck purchase award in the Young Painters Competition at Miami University. She was a participant in An Artist Residency in Motherhood in conjunction with a local grant though the Arts Council of the Valley in Harrisonburg, Va. She received the Best in Show Award at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art's Boardwalk Show in 2016 and was selected for a solo exhibition at VaMOCA's satellite gallery in 2017. She is an artist participant and curator for the 10x10x100 project for Eastern Mennonite University's 2017 Centennial Celebration.