Desmond A. Miller is an Artist/Researcher who works with stories.
His training includes a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, a Master's of Education and a certificate in Essential Skills in Fashion.
Miller's work explores themes of family ancestry, balancing the masculine and feminine, practical animism and the spaces in between. His practice employs textiles, poetry, photography and group facilitation to generate something new that bears traces of the past.
Miller has worked with various organizations including, Nia Centre for the Arts, The Textile Museum of Canada, The Art Gallery of York University, and the Children's Peace Theatre. He was awarded funding support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.
Miller is currently a 2019/20 John Willard Fibre Artist in Residence at the Art Gallery of Burlington (Canada) and is employed by Ryerson University as the Community Research Coordinator (Toronto) for the community-based research program weSpeak: Heterosexual Black Men Building Resilience to HIV in Ontario.
His current art project, Aesthetics of the Archives, explores his Caribbean and European ancestry with a focus on his paternal family's location within the Black diaspora.
Miller lives in Toronto, Canada, traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee.
Photo credit: Marilyn Ize-Dukuze