Gabby Miller is an artist from the Bay Area who has also lived and worked extensively in Hanoi, Vietnam where she has organized projects with Nha San Collective and The Queer Forever Festival.
She has made work for the Artesterium project in Tbilisi, Georgia, co-organized the IN:ACT Performance Art Symposium in Hanoi, and exhibited at The Luggage Store, Museum of Capitalism, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SoMarts, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Boston Center for the Arts, and Random Parts Gallery. Much of her recent work has built on her experiences during a three-week artist residency aboard a cargo ship traveling from Oakland to China. Gabby is also an educator and youth worker, having worked with groups including Oxbow School in Napa, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and the San Francisco Friends School. Gabby has a degree in Anthropology from Reed College and is currently pursuing an MFA in studio art at UC Irvine.
Working across disciplines, I am investigating the relationships between imperialism, climate change, local and global displacement. In exploring geopolitical history, the movement of goods, people and power across ocean lines, I am investigating the violence and power embedded in the logistics of trade and my own bloodlines.
I have a longstanding obsession with crossing The Pacific Ocean, with a specific interest in how the rise of containerization is intimately linked to the escalation of The Vietnam War. It is argued that the supply needs for The War ushered in the era of the containership, and the unprecedented mass movement of goods through global supply chains, and the accelerated use of fossil fuels.
I take an open ended, meditative approach to art making, shifting between process oriented solitary work and collaboration.