CELESTE MILLER: artist
statement in progress
I intertwine movement with text in a
choreographed arrangement of the body and spoken language to create a
mytho-poetic symbol system.
I do it because its fun, I do it to survive, I do
it to understand the world; not necessarily in that order.
I want something other than what is assumed to be
true to fall out unnoticed.
Scamper across the floor, slide up a pant leg, or
into a sock, hop in a purse, nestle in a pocket, get inhaled in a guffaw
I hope for the capacity for metaphor to be
I take the words, the movement and the image and
mash them up against each other, weave them irrevocably, sort them out in
stacks and give them new names. I ask them to surprise me, teach me something
new about myself that I didn’t know before. I release them and then see what
happens when I beg for their return.
I love words I take them out dancing and we are
never the same again. I want to eat them, dangle them over a waterfall set them
to sail downstream in a paper boat. I sprinkle them on cereal. I sneeze them,
cough them, drape them over my belly and tickle them. I throw them away and get
very, very angry with them. We kiss and make up.
I put the words in my body and release them in a
rhythm of ragged vocabulary glances. It is a body research where we are
unbalanced, analyzed, restructured, constructed, flipped, tossed, tasted,
smelled, screamed, whispered. Under the body microscope, in the body Petri
dish, and through the flame; boiled in tears, placed on a mountainside in the
rain to see what remains.
I look for the construction of moments that are a
rhythm of honest, RIGHT THERE-NESS of the performer without pretense contrasted
with moments of intimate high theatricality.
I want the work to stimulate the viewer to create
I want to create an experience for the audience
where they can be engaged in the process of performance, rather than the
consumption of the experience.
I want it to matter.
I used to believe that art could change the
world. I have come to have faith that
art can give us the courage to participate in the creation of the world we want
to live in.