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Mira M. White

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20151011212815-new_visitor72
A New Visitor, 2015 Mixed 16"x20" © Mira M. White
20151011212853-visitation300
The Visitation, 2015 Acrylic, Mixed Media on Canvas 48" X 60" X 2" Inches © Mira M. White
20151011214936-afloat_2015300
Afloat 2015, 2015 Mixed 24 X 30 X 2 Inches © Mira M. White
20151011214930-oppjust_travelin_2-300
Just Travelin', --------------- Oil, Mixed Media 41" X 72" X 2 Inches © Mira M. White
20151011212512-new_shimmer_red__shimmer_green300
Shimmer Red, Shimmer Green, ------------ Mixed- Acrylic/ Pastel/ Collage 30"x22" © Mira M. White
20151011213457-miramwhite_livin__tall
Livin' Tall, ------------ Mixed- Acrylic, Collage, Pastel 30"x22" © Mira M. White
20151011213553-miramwhite_72blue_shimmer
Blue Shimmer, 2015 Mixed Media Diptych 32"x12" © Mira M. White
20151011212408-opp300newfiigure__1
New Figure#2, 2015 Mixed 21"x13 1/2" © Mira M. White
20151011212220-new_figure__272
New Figure #1, 2015 Acrylic, Soft Pastel 22"x15" © Mira M. White
20151011212735-when_up_is_down___down_is_up300
When Up is Down and Down is Up, 2015 Soft Pastel 13"x21" © Mira M. White
20151011214156-300hourglass_time
HourGlass Time, 2015 Soft Pastel/ Graphite 13"x21" © Mira M. White
20151011213527-miramwhite_72its_a_red_world
It's A Red World, 2015 Soft Pastel 13"x21" © Mira M. White
20151011214345-300pearl
A Pearl At Every Crossroads, 2015 Soft Pastel 13"x21" © Mira M. White
20151011213255-new_becoming300
New Becoming, 2015 Collage, Mixed Media 12"x36" Triptych © Mira M. White
20151011213601-miramwhite_iea__happy_crossing
Happy Crossing, --------- Encaustic, Mixed Media 24"x30" © Mira M. White
20151011213807-_300queen
Queen of the Material World, -------- Encaustic, Mixed Media 12"x12" © Mira M. White
20151011213443-miramwhitemama_says
And Mama Says...., 2015 Encaustic, Mixed Media 24"x30" © Mira M. White
20151011214633-miramwhite_fallingintothebowlofsky
Falling Into The Bowl of Sky, ------ Oil, Mixed Media 60"x40" © Mira M. White
20151011213909-_2goddess_is300
Goddess Is!, ------ Mixed 40"x17" © Mira M. White
20151011215914-theturn72final
The Turn, ------- Oil, Mixed on Panel 48"x36" © Mira M. White
20100816075834-searching__for_order
Searching For Order, 2009 SOLD Oil/ Panel 12"x10" © Mira M. White
300bearing_witness-the_turning_of_an_age
Bearing Witness: The Turning of An Age, 2009 Mixed Media/ Canvas 24"x36" © Mira M. White
20151011214437-largesymphony__1
Symphony #1, ---- Encaustic, Collage 12"x12" © Mira M. White
20151011214615-largesymphony_2
Symphony #2, ------- Encaustic, Collage 12"x12" © Mira M. White
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New Scaffoldings, 2008 Mixed Media/ Canvas 41"x83" © Mira M. White
20100816092505-amiramwhite_butterfliesonthe_rise
Butterflies On The Rise, 2009-10 Soft Pastel/ Black Paper 40"x30" © Mira M. White
20100815182915-miramwhite_her_divine_cascade
Her Divine Cascade, 2010 Oil/ Canva 48"x36" © Mira M. White
20101026122312-2hernameissophia_shewearsadressofstars
Her Name Is Sophia And She Wears A Dress of Stars, 2010 Soft Pastel/ Acrylic/ Paper 39 X 53 X 1 1/2 Inches © © Mira M. White
Tomwithin
Within, 2008 Acrylic on Museum Board / Panel 30'x40" © Mira M. White
20151011220249-zeroone300
ZeroOne, 2015 Soft Pastel 13"x21" © Mira M. White
20151011213056-triangle7
Triangle 7, ------- Encaustic, Mixed 8"x8" © Mira M. White
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Kinston, North Carolina
Lives in
Walnut Creek, California
Works in
San Francisco Greater Bay Area
Schools
Calif College of Arts & Crafts, 1966, MFAw/Distinction
Calif College of Arts & Crafts, 1964, BFA w/HighDistinction
Representing galleries
Tags
arts-education mixed-media modern, abstract, figurative
Statement

Painting is my meditation. The most compelling, even haunting,force propelling my images has been 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.

My paintings have usually employed recognizable images, although they are not “realistic”, and are represented in ambiguous spaces, watery and atmospheric. In much of my work, 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.  All of my work reflects constant motion and change. The pieces are layered and developed, usually, over an extended period of time. Regardless of the medium, be it watercolor, acrylics or oil, time plays a significant role in these works and I think it important to honor its importance.  There is often an intentional blurring of boundaries between exterior and interior, between the physical and the psychical- this is what sustains my interest and what, for me, continuously opens up future possibilities.    

My newest work leans toward a primary concern for color and I often record images with a very sensuous and textured palette. Symbolic themes are interwoven into the pieces in what I would call a musical way, as I try to “reach” for a certain “note” or “tone”.  I am increasingly engaged in a process in which the application of color is simultaneously a musical note, a vibrant color shape, and often a symbol with which I resonate.  Currently, I am working on a series centered around the theme of  house/ home.  The metaphor of the house is, for me, our world.  It is also a many layered symbol of levels of consciousness – the inside world / the outside world.  I am fascinated by the evolution of this image in my work and it has, I think, interesting implications. I began incorporating little abstract villages into my paintings thirty years ago, externally motivated by my trips through Europe by train, passing countless clusters of small towns amidst verdant landscapes.  This imagery came to mean civilization to me- all the little villages of our planet.  My intention with these pieces is to integrate my mixed media methods of paint handling and formal concerns with the power of the image , thus hopefully producing pieces that resonate meaning in a contemporary format.  Titles are poetry for me and are an integral part of the intention of the pieces I am creating.


Mira M. White
June 30, 2009