Ruth Miller creates hand-embroidered portraits from her studio on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Each one takes about a year.
This is what she says about her work:
“Ugly and gross themes I leave to other artists who, as The New York TImes art critic Michael Kimmelman puts it, “mistake shock for awe.”
Neither do I consider bafflement of the public to be a measure of my intellectual depth. I aim to be understood. Beyond that, I want to enchant the observer into desiring to live with my art.
Beauty is important and powerful: it has the power to uplift, stabilize and repair. For that reason, I strive to make each tapestry beautiful. When I find them beautiful, I begin to love them. Because I love them, I struggle to get each piece right: synchronizing theme, coloring and drafting. But beauty alone is not enough.”
It’s tender, sensitive work more like a poem than a novel (and some poems, like some songs, can take years to finish).