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Birch Corset 2

Dawson City, YT

Artwork Statement

Within our clothing, we find our identities, ourselves, and to some extent, our homes. We inhabit our clothing as we do our skins.
The work “Birch Corset 2” asserts the human presence through the absence of the form implied. Created through the act of skinning and gathering bark from birch trees, the corset is a vessel by which the viewer may enter into the forest and primordial dwelling. The corset epitomizes the relationship which I see existing between human culture and the natural realm—a relationship that both celebrates and subjugates in the attempt to define the human.


Birch bark, sinew, lace, porcupine quills, hardware, unframed


20" x 12" x 10"

About the Artist

Rebekah Miller is a visual artist working in various media, including drawing, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, and photography. She completed her BFA at Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008 and her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011. Rebekah's art practice largely revolves around human interactions with nature and rural Canadian homesteading practices. She is interested in examining the lifestyles of our collective past and applying this knowledge to her own life, and expressing her findings and experiences through her studio practice. Rebekah lives and works in Dawson City, YT.