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Remembering Deb

murmur Panel, Feb 2010

murmur Panel, Feb 2010

Two years ago today our dear Debora Miller died. There was so much to celebrate in her, and so much to grapple with in light of her loss. Both are ongoing. Thank you to everyone who has been there.

In the meantime, we have reflected on how to best remember Deb through the grant project we loosely identified right after she died. We established the Debora Miller Memorial Fund, and received many gifts to help build a resource to use in some way. We thank all who gave for entrusting us and being patient as we explored our feelings and ideas about what the right use of those gifts would be. We have decided to use that to fuel an annual gift to an arts organization or body that we feel somehow reflects Deb’s spirit, artistic engagement, and edgy smarts. And, we are now preparing to make the first gift–which we will do before June 7, which would have been her 49th birthday. We will post here to share the news when we have made the gift, and we look forward to many annual gifts to come.

If you would like to help to continue to build the fund, please let us know (via Donate).

Today, as a remembrance, we share images of life in Deb’s honor. One is of the wonderful tree created with shards of pottery and stones throughout the memorial weekend. It now has a home in the shadow of a mountain in Missoula, MT, at her brother John and Nerissa’s house. The other is of two new Okame Cherry trees recently planted in the garden of the Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport, NY. We regard them and think of Deb.

Mosaic Tree Of Life

Mosaic Tree Of Life

Okame Cherry Trees

Okame Cherry Trees

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Debora Anne Miller

 

DM1cDebora Anne Miller, a photographic artist who made her home in Minneapolis, MN, died of breast cancer on February 28, 2013. She was 46.

Born a twin into a large family in Portland, Maine on June 7, 1966, she grew up largely in the western United States. She graduated from Wallace High School in Wallace, ID, in 1984 and went on to study international relations at Macalester College in Saint Paul.

After moving to Minneapolis she soon met and fell in love with John Andrew McQuigg of Ohio. They were married in 1992 and settled in the Seward neighborhood. In 2000, she gave birth to their son, Roan Zane McQuigg, whom she lovingly referred to as her Magnum Opus.

An artist who often found the sublime in the mundane, Deb transcended her six-year battle with breast cancer time and time again to create beauty through her photography and installation works. Major works include the solo installation with projection called “Accretion” at ARThouse New London (2009); “MURMUR,” a large-scale interactive projection presented as part of the first Nuit Blanche festival (Northern Spark 2011); and her exploration of twinship in “I’m not me, she’s over there” at the Susan Hensel Gallery (2013). She shared her ideas about her work on her blog at https://artsquall.wordpress.com.

Her parting has left a hole in the hearts of many, who take solace in her clarity of purpose, her embrace of joy, and her love of life. She will be dearly missed and always remembered by her husband of 21 years, Andy, and their 12-yr-old son, Roan; her parents, Martha Calabretta and Joseph H. Miller IV, and stepparents, Bennie Calabretta and Dana Roberts; her seven siblings: Joseph Miller V, Patrick Miller, her twin sister Rebecca Miller, John Miller, Ben Calabretta, Lisa Calabretta, and Noe Roberts; many beloved aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and innumerable friends.

Deb’s keen eye, loving embrace, robust humor, and joyful outlook will carry us through our saddest and happiest days. She will be celebrated at a memorial gathering and wake March 30, 2013 in Minneapolis (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/debmiller ).

In lieu of flowers, the family is looking for support to endow an arts grant to be developed in honor of Deb (Donate). Donations can also be made in her name to the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center ( http://tinyurl.com/DMTribute ).

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Horizons: 17

From19A, LGA-to-MSP, 10/19/12 #4

From19A, LGA-to-MSP, 10/19/12 #4

An artist should look deep inside themselves for inspiration. The deeper they look inside themselves, the more universal they become. The artist is universe.

Marina Abramovic: Art:21 on PBS.

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Densities: 3

Untitled Invert #2 (Mussels), August 2012

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What is 67 Steps?

Stones from 67 Steps, July 2012

It is a special place just on the edge of Greenport, NY, located on the North Fork, of Long Island. Residents are familiar with the beach reached by descending a whole bunch of stairs. There used to be 67, thus the name, but I heard there might only be 65 nowadays. The stone covered beach is simple, lovely, and serene.

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Promise Intact

Cone, May 2012

Found some of these baby cones while walking in the neighborhood. What a strange little beast this object is. Alien, natural, bursting.

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More Italy

Untitled (Stromboli), 2002

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Spring Springing

Spring Branches, April 2, 2012 (for SAMK…a day late)

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Trio Madness

Winter Trio, March 9, 2012

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The Twin Effect: 1

When I said I am a Gemini. I really meant it. That is to say: I am a twin; born under the sign of Gemini; Double Trouble. We are identical, and I arrived second. My whole life has included duality, mirroring, and the push-pull of likeness/contrast. When I see me, I see her, and then me again – and on. How does this affect the artistic eye? Variously for me it seems.

Here it manifests in the desire to see the one image Together with the other. Then they can play.

Pairing Experiment, 2009

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