Ode to Jyoti, 2015, red clay, graphite on antique indian ledger, 72" x 6.75" unfolded
Patricia Miranda is an artist, educator and curator, using interdisciplinary projects to make connections between art, science, history and culture. She is founder and director of miranda arts project space, an artist-centered space for curatorial exploration, exhibition, collaboration, and the gathering of ideas across disciplines and art forms. Miranda received the Arts Alive Individual Artist Grant from ArtsWestchester/NYSCA in 2014, and has been awarded artist residency fellowships at Weir Farm Artist Residency, Julio Valdez Printmaking Residency, and Vermont Studio Center, where she was also a Visiting Artist fall 2014. She has exhibited at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; the Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria; Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY; and Metaphor Contemporary Art, to name a few. Miranda has developed and led art and education programs at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, Wave Hill, and the Smithsonian Institution.
My work is multidisciplinary, from painting, sculpture, and installation, to curatorial and educational as well as social practice, encompassing a diverse mix of making and collaborating. Materiality, its presence and substance, informs my content, from the reflective black of graphite to the luminosity of plaster, to a physical space opened up for collaboration. I explore how meaning appears through articulation in material form, and how context and history further deepen content.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE:
I asked these four artists, whose work I had long respected, if they would join me in creating an artists’ group, to share work, critiques, and artistic ideas. Having consistent feedback and support in what is often a solitary life of art-making quickly became invaluable. The nature of the group grew over time into deeper friendships and commitments to each other as artists and as friends. Our interest naturally grew from the sharing of individual ideas into the idea of creating artwork together over three years of regular meetings. Climbing inside another person’s artistic ideas offers a challenge and opportunity, to respond in your own voice, to see beyond your usual trajectory, is like learning to dance- discovering when to lead and when to yield, to intervene and to let the other person’s choices stand. Making art is an intimate exploration, these incredible artists have been generous and critical collaborators, and have made this experiment a rewarding new way to create art.