Cargo (detail) hand made sugar tiles, hand painted, photos courtesy of the artist
Born in Melville (Saskatchewan). Lives and works in Montreal (Quebec).
Shelley Miller creates site-specific projects in public spaces, both with ephemeral and permanent materials. She also produces impermanent street installations using sugar. These ephemeral murals have been published in several anthologies about the history of sugar, street art, graffiti and installation art. She received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and her MFA from Concordia University.
Her sugar murals are site-specific, in that she creates each one taking into account the history of a place and creating the work on site. Documentation of the process of erosion is integral to the work. The photos become the final document since they show the full story; wealth and power as it evolves (devolves) into decay. The erasure is a comment on history, and the way that history is forgotten, erased, or fades in photos or in people’s memories.