Florence Miller Pierce, 89; created resin artworks
By Mary Rourke, L.A. Times Staff Writer
|Florence Miller Pierce, an artist
who was part of the Transcendental Painting Group of Taos, NM. in
her 20s, but gained broader attention decades later with her
Post-Minimalist works of tinted resin, died Oct. 25 at Presbyterian
Hospital, near her home in Albuquerque. She was 89.
The cause was complications from lung disease, according to Charlotte Jackson, Pierce's art dealer in Santa Fe.
Born Florence Melva Miller in Washington. D.C., on July 27,1918, she moved to Taos at 18 to study with the locally prominent painter Emil Bisttram.
She became a member of the Taos Transcendentalists, an art movement Bisttram helped found that emphasized abstract art and spiritual overtones.
She married fellow student Horace Towner Pierce in the late 1930s and relocated with him several times, including briefly to Los Angeles, where he worked as a commercial artist. They settled in Albuquerque in the late 1940s.
Pierce explored various media as an artist. During one phase she
made totem-like sculptures of balsa wood.
"I guess you'd say its contemplative Pierce said of her resin and pigment works in a 2001 interview with the Albuquerque Tribune.
The subtleties of her mature style were apparent in 2006 when Pierce had her first exhibit in New York City at the Howard Scott Gallery.
"It took a lifetime of activity to arrive at an art about
contemplation, and then she did so only by chance,' according to a
New York Times review of Pierce's show.
Pierce is survived by her son, Christopher, and two
grandchildren. Her husband died in 1958.