Photograph by Ebti Nabag

As the recent recipient of two project grants, from CUE and ARTSIDEOUT, Shantel Miller is recognized for her attention to light and color, as well as her inherent ability to capture a feeling and psyche. Heavily influenced by personal, political and social issues, she uses painting as a vehicle to explore autobiographical themes that reinstate the multiplicity of blackness. Miller’s body of work uses the societal construct of blackness to examine the varying ways black bodies occupy space. By layering symbolic figures, imagery and events, she challenges the normalization of both systematic and institutionalized discrimination. In 2013, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU), majoring in Drawing and Painting.