Miranda’s otherworldly illustrations are stunning and strange.
The beauty of life and death is explored within the mystery of
fantasy which makes her work both relatable and wondrous.
Through intricate textures, incredibly detailed scenes and rich environments she pulls us into her imaginative vision. We
effortlessly escape into worlds of glowing magical forests and
dreary fog-laden landscapes. The Utah based artist creates a
unique harmony between light and dark. By incorporating both
living nature and decomposition she explores purity without
shying away from melancholy. It’s a beautiful and unique
reflection of the good and evil naturally present in life.
Decomposition, thriving nature and beauty coexist in your work.
Where do you think your interest in marrying these contrasting
elements comes from?
The dynamism of the contrast created by joining two separate elements
has always been very intriguing to me. I love the feeling of seeing something
beautiful, immediately followed by the melancholy or mystery of subject
matter revolving around death or decomposition. Even simply obscuring
certain features helps to make the work more abstract and strange. We are
raised to think of death as an ugly thing, but I like to invite the viewer to
question this theory by the beautiful nature of skulls and skeletons, which
are such apparent reminders of death, yet have been created with lovely
shapes and a sense of purity. The contrast between what makes something
strange or dark versus what makes something beautiful is a theme I hope
to develop further in my work.
What are some frustrations and challenges you encounter as an artist?
How do you overcome them?
One challenge of becoming an artist is how much energy it requires from your
daily life. When approaching art, it's not enough to approach it casually. It requires patience, consistent practice, energy to brainstorm, and a lifetime of learning. I have a husband and a little toddler, so for my situation, it's a constant struggle of learning how to balance a demanding creative business with the importance of spending time with family. I am a complete believer that it's ok to take breaks from art, whether to gain inspiration elsewhere or to address a current life situation. However, when returning to art, it usually will take up a lot of your time and energy. The fulfillment and passion though that comes from the process of creation will sustain you throughout and give you the energy you need.
Much of your work reflects a stunning, magical sense of environment.
Describe your idea of a perfect place:
My idea of the perfect place is somewhere very quiet. Maybe there are lots
of clouds above, creating an overcast sky, with a moody fog. The sky is huge
and expansive, and the temperature is unsettlingly warm. Anywhere that is
quiet that allows you to meditate is my idea of the perfect place!
What excites you most about creating art?
What excites me the most about creating art is the process of creation itself, as well as being able to instill a reaction from an audience. When creating artwork, it is a continuous cycle of emotions. Initial passion and ideas motivate you to start the piece, which is then followed by a long struggle to create that image which has so much potential inside your head and then lives up to those expectations. After all of those problems are solved and you have your finished image, a sense of accomplishment is reached which can only be achieved after investing so much energy in a piece. The process of creation is an addicting cycle for creatives, which is why it's not enough to make a few images and be done forever.
I am also motivated to create art so that I can ultimately share it with others. I do
believe in making art for art's sake, and creating art even if no one else can see it. However, being able to touch others with something you've made goes to a whole different level and makes your creative skills go beyond just yourself and out to the world around you. I've received messages from viewers who have been inspired by my artwork, and that means so much more to me than just inspiring myself.
What are some of your internal influences?
Does your mood and daily life experiences affect your work at all?
Spirituality is a core part of my internal influences. I am a member of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and being such, life, death, and spirituality
are all things that I try to think of with a wide perspective. Although I don't draw religious art in a traditional sense, I strive to instill some aspect of spirituality into
my work, such as beauty and a sense of ethereality.
I'm not sure that my mood or daily life experiences do impact my work very much. My process sometimes spans for weeks with just one image, so as good and bad days come and go, I am still working on one solitary image. If I could create a piece of work in a day, I think my mood would have a more profound impact on my work, but until then, I try to view my work with a wider perspective which helps maintain consistency.