The Daily Grind (
The Daily Grind by Heather Miller

Title: The Daily Grind
Year: 2008
Size: approx. 10″

The Daily Grind was created using grinding wheels and decorative washers.

The Story:

I’m writing this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2013 so I’ll do my best to remember.

The image of The Daily Grind has a background because, back then, I had a relatively cheap point-and-shoot camera and no place to properly hang or light artwork.  The image was taken on the balcony of my apartment on a sunny day.  For some reason there was a screw in the concrete wall, which ended up being a very happy thing since it was on the wall that received direct sunlight for a short period each day.  This picture missed the direct sunlight though, hence the soft shadows.

The story of The Nightly Grind and The Daily Grind are one in the same.  They were among the first pieces of art I created after starting art school in 2008. Technically, The Daily Grind seen in this picture is the second version.  The original version of the piece suffered some burn damage when I asked someone to weld hanging hardware to the back of the piece.  While the front of the piece was unmarred, I didn’t want to present it to a gallery in that state.  I made a second one for the gallery.

I have no idea what really prompted the creation of this piece.  I was wandering The Home Depot one day & noticed the grinding wheels for the first time.  I thought they were really cool aesthetically.  Since they came in all kinds of sizes, I bought 3.  I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with them.  When I got home I played with them (which was painful because they can & will poke the hell out of your hands) until I found an arrangement I liked.  I glued them together, added a few embellishments and stuck it on my wall.  Back then I was working in the dining room of our apartment.  All my pieces ended up on the wall.

The original, burned piece was spray painted black & had different embellishments added.  It became The Nightly Grind.