Judith McMillan

Born 1945
Lives and Works Ohio
BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, 1990
MA, Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1969
BA, Smith College, Northampton, MA, 1967

Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Progressive Collection, Cleveland, OH
Ferro Corporation, Cleveland, OH
Biomec, Inc, Cleveland, OH
Pfizer Corporation, New York, NY

Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
Tulla Booth Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
Galerie Negulesco, Munich, Germany

Using an X-ray machine, Judith McMillan photographs the complex but invisible internal structure of plants and insects to reveal the artistic inner beauty of nature. Allowing the viewer to witness and further understand seemingly simple everyday biological processes, she offers an imaginative interpretation of biology that proves science and art can occur simultaneously.

McMillan's work at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History led her to her recent artwork. With her X-ray machine, McMillan creates a photogram—a picture generated without a camera. To produce her photograms, she places her plant or insect material on the X-ray film to make the exposure and then uses a chemical process to create shifting tones and dimensional layers and textures. With her unique images, McMillan transforms the familiar into "a world of newly discovered pleasures."
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