Dorie Millerson creates sculptures and installations using needle-lace technique and sewing thread. Themes such as memory, distance, and attachments to people, places, and possessions are explored in the forms she constructs. She is interested in how a line, or thread, can tell a story or create a small world and shifting perspective.
Bridge is a miniature replica of an iconic structure in the city of the artist’s birth. The piece was originally made to be suspended in a gallery setting in which the shadows of the threads seem to create an endless circle between the bridge and its points of connection. Bridge Study, featured in this exhibition, is a smaller iteration of this piece. When hung in space, Millerson’s pieces cast magnified shadows that appear like drawings on a wall. In Bridge, the thread forms show selective parts of the picture—a bridge with no landscape.
Dorie Millerson is based in Toronto and exhibits her textile sculptures and installations internationally. An assistant professor in Fibre and chair of the Material Art & Design program at OCAD University, Millerson is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a Master of Fine Arts from NSCAD University.