Darren Lee Miller

2014 – present Exercises in Empathy

I invite people of all ages to share their insecurities, anxieties, and strengths, without fear of judgment. Using ordinary objects and our own bodies we create totems or perform new rituals for the camera, to help us venture into a shared dream space. Sometimes we appear together in the images, and other times one of us is seen alone. We make empathic connections with one another, and by extension with the viewer. Sexuality, fantasy, desire, and decorum inform the recorded interactions. The resulting works depict moments that are at once seductive and repulsive, both familiar and strange. My collaborators are named in the title of the image, except where s/he wished to remain anonymous.