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Gingerly: Kirby Miles

It’s like putting pressure on a bruise.

Gingerly regards moments of time where the compulsion to poke the contusion takes

over; the sore parts surrounding the everyday. Wounds are display pieces that you carry

with you. Some are shrouded and others stain the skin outwardly, proudly albeit

painfully proclaiming their presence.

How do we approach them? At what point does the injury merit mention?

It heals itself in time, however these works act as monuments to the bleeding. Plaques

to let you know what was. Vibrancy and glittered grit surfaces warn and entice; it’s

always double edged. Small and holdable, these paintings share tender instances.

The color story of the works is decidedly subjective, assigned by feeling alone. They are

of the body and invoke the feeling of touch and ingesting. These paintings offer up

themselves to be absorbed or consumed blindly without thought to harm.


Kirby Miles is a queer woman living and working in Chattanooga, TN. She received her

BFA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2017 and received her MFA in

painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2019. She attended Chautauqua School of

Art in 2018. She is currently a curator at Wavelength Space, an artist-run collective in


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