My work includes installation, textile, and books colored with natural plant and mineral dyes. I focus on materials with long cultural narratives: textile as a form that wraps our bodies from cradle to grave; historic lacemaking; and ancient color sources such as oak gall wasp nests, cochineal insects, indigo, and clay used in painting and book production. I research the scientific and historical sources, forage for raw materials, cook dyes, and grind pigments. The works are submerged multiple times; the dyestuff is left unfiltered in the vat, leaving visceral evidence of the raw material on the finished work.
The use of found textile and natural dyes is a framework for creating monumental works with a small ecological footprint. The materials are repurposed and bio-degradable, the works are adaptable, portable, lightweight, and structurally strong. Sewn into large shroud-like works, I layer objects of lamentation akin to votives, reliquaries, and other ritualized body forms from hair, pearls, bone beads, Milagros, metal, and cast plaster. Recent installations began with vintage linens from my Italian and Irish grandmothers, and grew from unsolicited donations from friends and strangers. The donated linens include antique, vintage, and machine-made in animal, vegetable and synthetic fibers. Every donation is used; every piece is photographed, measured, recorded, and collected in an ongoing archive.
Through the mending of donated repurposed materials, and the alchemy of turning rocks, bugs, and flowers into color, I speak to an ecology of art, history, environment and community.
curatorial and consulting
I curate at MAPSpace and independently, and work with artists in critique both privately and in the Crit Lab, and offer professional development consulting in writing and preparing portfolios for grants and proposals, and the business of being an artist. My work with artists in every situation incorporates an ethical and socially conscious framework for building a sustainable practice.
Miranda is founder and director of MAPSpace and The Crit Lab. She 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, Vermont Studio Center, and Julio Valdez Printmaking Studio. She received an Anonymous Was a Woman Covid19 Relief Grant, an artist grant from ArtsWestchester/New York State Council on the Arts, and was part of a year-long NEA grant working with homeless youth. Miranda was core faculty at New Hampshire Institute of Art's low-residency MFA program from 2016-20, and teaches curatorial studies in the grad program at Western Colorado University, and faculty at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven from 2005-19. She led the first Lyme 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 ODETTA Gallery, 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.