About Form and Space
Creating space for conversations about contemporary art and craft.
Form and Space aims to cultivate conversations about contemporary art and craft with emerging and established artists and makers. We seek to provide a voice to underrepresented artists and to share the stories of how and why they create. Form and Space will also showcase organizations that help to foster a better quality of life for artists. This project arose from a conversation between two friends, Maddie Miller and Ellen VanderMyde, about the challenges up-and-coming artists face today. Our hope is that through conversation we can gather the tools and strategies to make our practice work.
Maddie Miller is an artist based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmedia from the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her practice spans printmedia, sculpture, and textiles. Her work explores the relationship of the self to domestic spaces, considering overlooked architectural elements and emotions held in space over time. Her work is process-oriented and aims to create art objects and installations that invite the viewer into a familiar space or feeling, carry the weight of time and presence of a past.
Ellen VanderMyde is an art instructor and art historian in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with a minor in Art History from the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. Ellen enjoys exploring different mediums and types of making but always returns to illustration—her first love. Her work investigates memory, be it personal or cultural, and its relationship to understanding of self and community. You can find Ellen teaching printmaking and book arts workshops in southwest Michigan or at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum where she is an Interpretations Specialist.
Follow her adventures on Instagram at @voyagewithellen.