Kelli Miller is a Brooklyn, NY-based artist and designer working in motion, digital media, and print design. She is a graduate from Cranbrook Academy of Art’s 2D design program and her artwork has been shown internationally. She teaches at Pratt and her clients have included AMC Networks, Nickelodeon, Coke, and MTV.
This publication was created as part of my personal practice in which I confront our quotidian relationship to progress, digital technology, and commercial culture. The goal was to create a small-run publication to distribute and sell at galleries, artist bookstores, and museums and extend my series of self-published books.
Total Bummer examines the didactic emotional representation of human to machine interactions in stock photography. Images of artificial and ambiguous frustrations involving people and their laptops are reduced to 8‑bit binary illustrations and paired with search terms, creating an almost poetic juxtaposition of meaninglessness, amusement, and misrepresentation.