Miriam Misenko was born in Philadelphia and began her artistic education at Carnegie-Mellon University and later received her BFA in painting from Northern Kentucky University. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati. She exhibited widely throughout the Midwest while living in Cincinnati, and then on the east coast when she moved to Pennsylvania. Miriam was represented by the Subculture Gallery in Soho in New York City. Misenko’s work tends to focus inward, and her view is often one of humor. Her pieces are mixed media works, combining a variety of materials such as oils, stained glass, clay and wood. Miriam now lives in Madrid with her husband and landscape artist, Dan Boldman.
The making of art, to me, has often been an ongoing struggle to translate a multi-dimensional world onto a two or three dimensional surface. I don’t perceive art as a momentary snapshot in time, but as a reflection of the layering effect of visual images along with emotions, sounds, words, tastes and other sensory perceptions.
I have been always been enthralled with pattern. Intricate patterns in fabrics, architecture, nature. The more complicated, the more transfixed I become. Often I find myself standing in front of a very large canvas, thoroughly overwhelmed with the daunting task of painting a complicated pattern. But once I am immersed into the task, I find that I enter a trance-like state--making the same marks, over and over until it is done. It is a very relaxing process.
Pattern becomes a method to flatten space and abstract it. I enjoy the juxtaposition of realistically rendered objects, such as the dog portraits, floating against a complicated pattern. Looking back at 30-plus years of making art, I realize that this persistence of pattern has remained the one constant component in my art, no matter what medium I use. I suspect that whatever artistic path that I may follow in the future, I will surely be making those pattern-like repetitive marks.
image and word