Katie Miller


2016 – Present

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HYPERREAL is a series-in-progress of paintings exploring the blending of real and fake, the difficulty of distinguishing original from copy, and the melding of natural and artificial.

The paintings depict theme parks, zoos, living history exhibits, casinos, and other environments considered to be “recreational simulacra.”

While hyperrealism as a painting style is considered a successor to photorealism, hyperreality is a philosophical concept referring to the inability to tell reality from a simulation of reality. The blurring of these distinctions is where my interest lies, particularly in today’s political and media landscape.

– Katie Miller 2017