I have always had a love for and fascination with movies. Directors reveal the true
essence of the characters within through dramatic scenarios, pain, and excitement. They capture private, embarrassing, and genuinely real moments that are not frequently witnessed.
The theatre allows us to view expressions of sheer joy, terror, fear, and insanity blown up to colossal proportions. These moments are the inspiration for my ongoing series of portraits.
In my portraits, I use bold color and expressions to transform the people who surround
me into dramatized versions of themselves. Contorted, bizarre, and extreme expressions
capture normally unseen aspects of my subject’s personalities. I aim to effectively glamorize the
uninhibited, animalistic moments of rebellion. Attention to personal appearance and
self restraint are put aside to reveal the raw, unflattering and yet stunningly beautiful core of the
Sydney Miller was born in Boulder CO in 1991. At the age of 11, Sydney spent a year living on a
sailboat with her family. On this voyage they spent time in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
This experience allowed her to see a vast amount of fine art at a young age.
Upon graduating from high school, Sydney moved to Baltimore, MD to earn a Bachelor of Fine
Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). While attending MICA, she majored in
General Fine Arts. This allowed her to acquire skills in a variety of different mediums. These
include but are not limited to chalk pastel, sculptural assemblage, photography, collage,
ceramics, sculptural textiles, electronics, drawing and painting.
Sydney graduated Cum Laude from MICA when she was 21. She then moved back to Boulder
where she now resides. Sydney is currently focusing on portraiture through the medium of chalk