Bill Miller Warms the Soul

I am delighted to have come across the work of Bill Miller.  Bill Miller creates images made from recycled linoleum and vinyl flooring cut into pieces and thoughtfully put together into rich, warm, folksy, provocative and emotional works of art.   

His subject matter ranges from John and Yoko’s “bed-in” to the Cleveland Zoo, a portrait of Abe Lincoln and bucolic landscapes.   One can feel a soul in these images, a personal connection, some how.   The worn but colorful mosaic of flooring pieces seem to hold a sort of presence, a “je ne sais quoi”. 

There is something more.  I cannot help but to be reminded of  Paul Cezanne paintings.  I’ve put a few together for comparison.  See for yourself:  

Miller's Sweenyburg Farm 2006 & Cezanne's Monte Sainte Victoire 1900

Miller's Sweenyburg Farm 2006 & Cezanne's Monte Sainte Victoire 1900

  

Another example:
Miller's Abraham Lincoln 2008 & Cezanne's Portrait du Pere de l'Artiste 1866

Miller's Abraham Lincoln 2008 & Cezanne's Portrait du Pere de l'Artiste 1866

Visit Bill Miller’s site for more amazing pieces:  http://www.billmillerart.com/exhibitions.html
I have always believed that objects hold some of the energy of the owner long after the object is no longer in the owner’s possession.  I wonder if some of the essence of Bill Miller’s work comes from those who tread the worn out linoleum.  It could be that your footsteps have been immortalized in one of his pieces.  We’ll never know for sure, but I think we can sense it.   
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