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Nest on Wreath
Charcoal, carbon pencil, and graphite on archival paper
20" x 251/4"
2020
Nest
Graphite and charcoal on archival vellum paper
30x20”
2020
Nest in Leaves
Carbon pencil and graphite on archival paper
19 3/4" x 30"
2021
Nest with Berries
Carbon pencil and graphite on archival paper
20 x 15"
2021
Nest on Rock
Carbon pencil and graphite on archival paper
30" x 19 3/4"
2021
Nest on Rocks
Charcoal, carbon pencil, and graphite on archival paper
30" x 20"
2020
Next with Dalhias
Carbon pencil and charcoal on archival paper
20” x 15”
2021
Nest in Tree
Charcoal, carbon pencil, and graphite on archival paper
26 3/4" x 20"
2020

The drawings are an exercise in observation and contemplation.

They are also a nod to the poem “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson. It’s a poem that, throughout the years, I’ve read many times but this particular year the message and metaphor feels more raw, weighted, and powerful. The human capacity for hope, depicted in the poem, inspired me to create drawings about renewal: captured in the imagery of nests. The nests are solo and unattended, depictions of tangled structures built to nurture new life and growth. The bird is absent, but it’s work is done. The nests represent the human need for hope, and the calm, quiet resilience of the human soul.

For inquiries on this series, please contact Ellen Miller Gallery

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