CCT: Ed Johnetta Miller

Connecticut Artists Collection

Ed Johnetta Miller (born 1945)
 
{Ed Johnetta Miller} Ed Johnetta Miller is an author, fiber artist, teacher, independent curator, Artistic Director for OPUS Inc., Arts Management Envoy from the U.S. to Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and a Culture Arts Ambassador for The Women of Color Quilters Network (West Chester, OH). Her quilts are widely exhibited in the United States and internationally. In addition to the Connecticut Artists Collection, her work can be found in museum, corporate, and private collections including the National Gallery of the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.), Contemporary Quilt Museum (Golden, CO), Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford), Nelson Mandela’s National Museum, Cape Town South Africa, Safeco Corporation, Johnson and Johnson Corporation, Hartford Hospital, and Saint Francis Hospital.
 
 

{And I Have Had Three Lives}
 
And I Have Had Three Lives, Dedicated to Somaly Hay
1998
silk, molas, kente, Seminole patchwork, and Cambodian hand-woven silk
59" high x 55" wide
(purchased in 2013)

 

Artist statement:

Both Somaly Hay and I are Master Teaching Artists for the Connecticut Office of the Arts. We met many years ago when we were both lost, trying to find the workshop we were supposed to attend to become Master Teaching Artists. Stopping our cars on the side of road, confused, we started talking and found out we were both searching for the same place. When we finally found our way to the workshop and started introducing ourselves, Somaly's story was truly an inspiration to all of us attending. Somaly came to the United States as a refugee from Cambodia in 1980. She had been a Royal Court dancer, living very well. And then the war came. More than half of her family, including her parents, was killed by the Khmer Rouge regime. She went from Royal Court dancer to refugee camp to freedom in the United States. Somaly and I became good friends, and whenever she would go back to Cambodia, she made sure to bring me back silk for my quilts.

 
Currently on exhibit:
Where: Connecticut Office of the Arts, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 (closed State holidays)
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.

 
{Rite of Passage}
 
Rite of Passage
1996
grandmother's unfinished quilt top, molas, and African-American and European cloth
approximately 60" high x 52" wide
(purchased in 2013)

 

Artist Statement:

I designed Rite of Passage after my daughter, Ayisha, participated in a ceremony at the Artists Collective in Hartford. Rite of Passage is a ceremony called Yaboo focused on traditional African family values welcoming adolescents into adulthood. I was taken with the dancing; the dancers looked like snakes slowly moving to the music. I was compelled to design a brightly-colored, full-of-movement quilt. I appliquéd figures of snakes around the quilt.

 

Currently on exhibit:

Where: Connecticut Office of the Arts, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 (closed State holidays)
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.