Patricia Miranda is an artist, curator, and educator, using interdisciplinary projects to build connections between art, science, history and culture. She is founder of MAPSpace, a gallery and project space in Port Chester, NY.
My studio work draws from the language of materiality, exploring the grammar, syntax, and history, of natural dyes and pigments through paint, textile, deconstructed books, and environmental installations. Projects often explore an inchoate sense of mourning and desire, for one another, ourselves, and our environment, the plant and animal world. Artmaking relocates this as a knowing through touch, in the intimate science of transforming a material from raw to artwork. Each material speaks a unique chemistry, from its beginnings as plant, flower, clay, insect, to its shaping by human culture. They hold and bring autonomous histories and stand as their own witness, they become voice in color, texture, sound. From wasp nests, mineral pigments, and plaster to the multiplicity of the book form, to a physical space open for collaboration, I engage with the material world as collaborator in an art-making/meaning-making process.
As an educator my concern is first and foremost to listen, to bear witness; to support and facilitate an individual vision distinct from my own, and to engage that vision through the material spaces of art. I strive to see how each artwork situates itself in the world as an autonomous actor. Attention to language alongside a "making thinking" model of cognition connects to the innate, experiential, body-bound, intelligence of every human being. I learn as much as I teach. I work with people of all ages, from K-12 to university and graduate level, and with professional artists looking for critical feedback and artistic community.
As a curator, I juxtapose traditionally distinct disciplines - artistic, scientific, technological, material, and historical, in a dynamic conversation. Artworks stand as individuals in dialogue with other works, creating a new community of meaning - one that asks rather than answers.
I am a fierce artist advocate and artist-citizen, interested in creating alternate economies for artistic expression through artist-run culture, collaboration, education, and community. I spend a good deal of time working with artists on developing strategies for a lifelong sustainable practice.
Miranda has been Visiting Artist at Vermont Studio Center, the Heckscher Museum, and University of Utah; Visiting Lecturer at Purchase College SUNY, Kutztown University, WCC Peekskill Center for Digital Arts; and been awarded residencies at I-Park, Weir Farm, Julio Valdez Printmaking Studio, and Vermont Studio Center. She has received grants from ArtsWestchester/New York State Council on the Arts, and an NEA grant working with homeless youth. Miranda is the first Practitioner-in-Residence at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven, where she led the first study abroad program at the university's campus in Prato, Italy in spring 2017. She served as director and curator of the Gallery at Concordia College-NY from 2008-12. Miranda develops education programs for K-12, museums, and institutions, including Franklin Furnace, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution. She has exhibited at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; the Cape Museum of Fine Art, Cape Cod MA; the Belvedere Museum, Vienna Austria; Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.