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. 

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My work draws from the grammar, syntax, and history, of material culture through the use of historical and natural dyes and pigments in textiles, deconstructed and handmade books, and sculptural installations.
 
My research into art technologies from across diverse cultures and histories, from indigenous to introduced, through trade and conquest, from pre- to post-industrial, informs a philosophy of connection through both shared and unique forms of making. In recent work I use textiles, paper, and books dyed with natural dyes and pigments, and include hair, pearls and beads in a visceral lament to news of violence, especially against women. I consider the consequences of seeing ourselves as outside of nature, and therefore of each other. The destruction from that disconnect is wrought on our land and on our bodies. In a rhizomatic interconnected world, we are not separate; the earth is animated, objects have agency, enacting on us as much as we them. We imbue the world with our joy, our grief, our violence, and the physical world echoes back. This changes my engagement with materials, they become more collaborator than subject, in a call and response. Each material brings an autonomous history, from the chemistry of wasp nests, cochineal bugs, and earth pigments, to its shaping by human culture into textile, book, weapon. While grinding a bug or crushing a rock, I explore a sense of grief and desire in an intimacy tinged with mourning. Can a mineral mourn?

As a teacher, I have never forgotten the impact art had on me as a young person. Art made me see, made me think, made me feel, it gave me a voice, an avenue, to be myself, to understand and find a place in the world. Art changed me and I see how it changes others. Teaching art is an art itself, and keeps me engaged, practicing egalitarian ways of thinking, speaking and acting, examining my own assumptions and ideas, challenging students to explore theirs, learning together daily how to think anew about art and about the world. Teaching is hard and incredible and filled with learning. As an educator I listen, I am a witness, I support and facilitate an individual vision distinct from my own, and engage that vision through the material spaces of art. I focus on how an artwork situates itself in the world as an autonomous actor, a verb. Attentive to language, with a "making thinking" model of cognition, we connect us to the innate, body-bound, intelligence of every human being. 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. I learn as much as I teach. If not, I'm not doing my job.

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.

Bio
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 is core faculty at New Hampshire Institute of Art's low-residency MFA program, and teaches curatorial studies in the grad program at Western Colorado State Univeristy. 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.
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