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 work utilizes the language and syntax of material culture through found textiles, paper, plaster, deconstructed books, and installation. Cloth, books, paper are submerged in natural dyes made from oak gall wasp nests, cochineal insects, plants, and clay. They are sewn with hair, pearls, bone beads, Milagros; hung from the ceiling, tied to trees, walls, or one another. Each material speaks with a unique voice, from its beginnings as raw nature to its shaping by human culture. In a rhizomatic interconnected world, the earth is animated, materials have agency and voice; they enact on us as much as we them. This changes my engagement; material becomes collaborator in a call and response of meaning-making.
Imbued with a sense of mourning and desire, love and violence, these objects are visceral lamentations to ongoing violence against women and the environment. Humans saturate the world with our grief, our violence, our joy – and the environment echoes its own back. While grinding a bug or crushing a rock, I experience a sense of grief and desire in an intimacy tinged with mourning. If nature is fecund, filled with lust, does the plant world also lament? Can a mineral mourn? I collaborate with the material world in an act of furious devotion.

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.‚Äč

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.

As a teacher and a first generation college student, I have never forgotten the impact of art on my young mind. Art made me see, made me think, made me feel, it gave me a voice, an avenue, to understand and find a place in the world. Art changed me and I see how it changes others. Teaching keeps me engaged, learning and 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. I listen, I 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 being, a verb, an action. Attentive to language, with a "making thinking" model of cognition, connects 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.

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, Julio Valdez Printmaking Studio, and Vermont Studio Center. She has received grants from ArtsWestchester/New York State Council on the Arts, and was part of a year-long 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 University. 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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