Mira M White

Mira M White

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  Artist: Mira M White
 Live in: Walnut Creek , CA, United States
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Mira M White Artist Bio:

The most compelling, even haunting, force propelling my images is an unquenchable thirst for recording and expressing transformation. I try to synthesize different influences in my life into a rich and complex imagery that tells of the connection between the outer experience of daily life and the inner world of a developing spiritual heart. From the time I was a child, I felt that there was something, an “essence “ to be found. The vehicle I chose for my quest was fine art. It is my yoga. My artistic expression has centered on painting and drawing, and, over time, I have included in my arsenal of media the following: oils, acrylics, watercolor, soft pastels, all drawing processes and intaglio printmaking. Wax is the newest member of my family. It grabbed me in August of 2010 with its amazing translucency and ability to synthesize my diversified methods of developing paintings. I am often asked about my images- my content. While I work I form narratives in my mind that tell the story of the piece, much like a novelist creates characters or a composer clusters notes. It is an integral part of my process. And titles are poetry for me. In fact, they also become a summation of the journey I taken in the evolution of the piece. I work with images that resonate meaning for me and always view them in relationship to each other. In essence, I tell a story through my images, with or without incorporating text. It is my hope that the viewer responds to the totality of the piece, its visual energy, whether or not one can articulate “ the story”. My works have usually employed recognizable content and are represented in ambiguous spaces, watery and atmospheric. My experimentation with images has evolved with an understanding that there is a kind of internal logic linking certain forms with each other, a logic that, perhaps, belongs to the world of archetypes, and definitely forms its own iconography of symbols. Pieces are layered and developed over an extended period. Sequence, chronology and time play a significant role in these works, regardless of the medium. There is often an intentional blurring of boundaries between the physical and the psychical- this is what sustains my interest and what, for me, continuously opens up future possibilities. I am an artist who is also an art educator. Teaching art became a significant aspect of my art practice very early- right out of graduate school. I have had the privilege of working with a great variety of students, and it is true that the instructor learns more from the student than does the student from the teacher. My orb of teaching has included artists ages 5-92-, mostly in art centers and private studios. While I teach many classes and workshops to adult students, my work with children holds a special place in my heart. There is a careful balance required to maintain both a full teaching schedule and a professional art practice. I do not find it easy. I view the pendulum swing between the two as part of a perpetual continuum, sort of an eternal see-saw, in which I am continually striving for balance. I hold myself to very high standards and am not easily satisfied with my work- in any medium- It all seems a visual record of my journey toward a deeper understanding of Why Am I Here? “ All those things of the spirit and the mind, thought to be so nebulous, so other, find expression through the hand, taking up a material existence in the world. And what is achieved bears no relation to normal calculation of means and ends- the means so paltry- canvas, stretchers, pigments, whatever- the ends so vast- powers, glories, ecstacies of pleasure and terror. Painting proclaims the true incarnation, the union of matter and spirit... . Through the hand- this is the crucial point. Painting presents us with an image of the world reconstituted... ( emphasis mine).( P.23 Richard Hennessey, Art Forum Magazine, May 1979)