New Work by Elaine Suzanne Miller

Image: Survival Mode, 2017 by Elaine Miller. A black and white photograph with two children laying in water. There is a pair of legs extending from the bottom of the frame towards the left of the frame. A young girl lays on the right side of the frame extending downwards so she appears upside down. Her eyes are closed and her hair expands in the water.
Elaine Suzanne Miller, survival mode, 2017.

New work by Elaine Suzanne Miller has been added to The Chicago Project! In her series it would lose all purpose, she explores themes of death, transience, memory, preservation, and both the frailty and resilience of the human spirit through challenging experiences. While much of her work is based on personal experience, it encompasses universal themes which are intended to incite conversation and encourage others to tell their story.

Elaine discusses the series:

“it would lose all purpose” is my reaction and processing of the expected passing of my father, which was quickly followed by the unexpected death of my sister. Immediately following their deaths in 2009, I began photographing the remainder of my family with significant objects symbolic of my dad and sister. I wanted to produce a means for the living to interact with the dead, thus keeping those departed alive.

See more of Elaine’s new work here.

Image: where we once stood, 2016 by Elaine Suzanne Miller. A black and white photograph of a large backyard. There is a small shed and large tree in the back corner. The yard has a metal fence surrounding it. Two children play in the grass: one standing to on the left with her legs crossed, and the other lays down with his arms raided above his head.
Elaine Suzanne Miller, where we once stood, 2016.
Image: resilience, 2016 by Elaine Suzanne Miller
Elaine Suzanne Miller, resilience, 2016.