Mira M. White
Calif College of Arts & Crafts, 1964, BFA w/HighDistinction
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