Adia Millett
American, born 1975

Adia Millet makes installations that challenge viewers’ assumptions about their homes, fears, desires, and politics. She achieves this by recreating bizarre, sometimes disturbing, home interiors. For instance, her well-known “pre-fabricated innocence” (2004-10) series caters to our penchant for voyeurism, inviting viewers to peer into eight miniature, seemingly abandoned houses. The slightly nonsensical décor—a wrapped poinsettia presumably intended as a gift, a dining room table with a single chair, an elegant chandelier juxtaposed with a handgun—reflects cultural and societal deficiencies. “I attempt to promote a space where site specificity, found objects, craft, concept, and form create a dialogue for characters to develop and for memories to resurface,” she says.

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