Miriam was born in Margate, England in 1980. Her family immigrated to Connecticut in 1990. She attended The Cleveland Institute of Art, receiving a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies. After graduation, Miriam worked as Technical Assistant for the department, Artist Assistant to Cleveland-based artist, Hildur Jonsson, and in part-time positions in area museums (The Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Museum of Art, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens).Read More
Materially my artwork follows my interests in weaving, cloth, and the tactile quality of layers. In the past my work has visually taken cues from a variety of influences including folk art and religious art. Currently I am embarking on a body of work that revolves around family history and what gets lost in translation. Family photographs have a place in recording our past and the generations before us leading to our own being.
Notes and names penciled on the reverse of photographs record or help add a context, but over time we are separated from knowing the person photographed and become more speculative on what we understand.
Weaving inherently holds a linear and mathematical grid, but dye work can be free and not follow a grid. I use an Ikat influenced process of weaving, unweaving, and then reweaving the dyed portraits. This process causes the woven grid to shift and the portrait become pixilated, yet hold the familiarity of the face. It is a translation of a photograph which in turn is a interpretation of a memory of a person.
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