My senior body of work is a series of floral landscape paintings inspired by vintage wallpaper. I became inspired by these chaotic, floral patterned wallpapers that you can probably find in your grandma’s house. I wanted to bring them to a new light. I have always loved nature and the variety of color and brightness found in flowers. There is a necessary balance of unity and variety between the patterned wallpaper and the color and form of the flowers. I am particularly interested in how I can use one pattern against another. Exploring how they clash and the visual harmony between them. Recently I have been using layered transparency films, it gives me the ability to add or remove layers to see what works and what doesn’t. It is an experimental process, when combining the layers unpredictable patterns emerge. I learn from the process as I go. Each work brings a new thought and sparks new ideas. One surprise I have come across has been that the films have a mirroring effect when deeply layered. Though it was not the goal of this series, the mirroring adds an effect I plan to explore further. I’ve also been experimenting with the mixing of my style of painting, realistic vs. illustrated.
There are many artists who have influenced my work. I am inspired by the works of Post- Impressionists, fauvists, Pop art, and decorative pattern from the mid-20th century. The painting techniques of the Post Impressionist are a great source of inspiration for me. I am also interested in the simple repetitive forms made possible by largescale printmaking. The thick paint and brush strokes are beautiful, and because of their work, I have used a palette knife in many of my own paintings. Tiffany Lynch’s illustrations inspire my process of layering, something she does a lot in her own floral works. She also uses beautiful bold flat color and loose line work in her illustrations. My own process mashes together many of these techniques to explore ideas about landscape, repetition, and pattern.
About the Artist
Kaitlynn Miller was born in 1999 in York, Pennsylvania. In 2021 she will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from York College of Pennsylvania. Miller has already been included in various exhibitions, including the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Annual Juried Student Exhibition (2019 juror: Stephen Towns, 2018 juror: Kate Kretz, 2020 juror: Susan Scofield), York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA. Most recently, she had two works accepted in the 2021 Annual Juried Student Exhibition (juror: Susanne Slavick).