Meet Karin Miller
I interviewed one of my favourite South African artists for our July 2012 issue – Karin Miller. This goddess of Photoshop creates extremely complex, layered and detailed works. It’s the kind of work that requires hours of nitpicking, and while I admire the results, it is something I will never be able to do myself.
As a features writer it sometimes gets frustrating to interview all these phenomenal people for our Need to Meet section (in every month’s Agenda pages) and have to keep the copy short and sharp.
Since the Internet has a vast ocean of space, I thought we could publish Karin Miller in her own words and share some more about this very talented artist. Enjoy.
KARIN MILLER SAYS…
‘As a white lady I always had black ladies around me growing up with me and raising me. I think they are beautiful, which is why they feature in so much of my art. All of my artworks have a message. In the beginning, my first exhibition, there was empathy for everyone, then resentment over Apartheid and finally the pandemonium of politics. It’s always tongue in cheek. I did a book with Orms in Cape Town that really explains the concept behind my works.
I’m a white, female, South African, Afrikaans woman and grew up in Pretoria. I studied graphic design at Technicon, and worked as a graphic designer for a few years; but I always wanted to do fine art. I started studying Fine Arts at Unisa but didn’t finish it because I had children – four of them. Later I did a course in [Adobe] Photoshop at Unisa. Before that I painted and I drew, but Photoshop is really my medium.
Every morning, instead of doing anything else, I played on Photoshop. It took me so many hours, for years, of playing on Photoshop before I was capable of creating my artworks.
Then six to seven years ago I made a website and the guy that I’m exhibiting with found it, liked my art works and decided to put them on show in Franschoek [in the Holden Manz collection]. He exhibited everything I had done over the years. I was very apprehensive, but it worked out so successfully. People coming to the galleries loved my works, and the little exposure I got was always good.
In the beginning I painted the backgrounds and scanned in found images and photographs I took. I love patterns and bring these into my works. I use layers, lots and lots of layers. You almost have to be obsessed.’
Karin Miller is on permanent exhibition at the Holden Manz collection in Franschoek. Please contact them to purchase her works.