Miranda is a visual artist who makes collages and the occasional artist’s book.
Miranda is fascinated by serendipity, memory, nostalgia, the passing of time and incomplete narratives. Miranda’s work plays on memories real and imagined and her practice draws visually upon times and places where our common memories overlap. The domestic, feminine pastimes, childhood memories or childish pursuits are often visual reference points.
Old maps, vintage postcards, childhood story books, used postage stamps, out of date travel guides, paper sewing patterns, original Ladybird books, flash cards, found photographs, annuals, volumes of encyclopaedias, lurid coloured cookbooks, magazines, home improvement manuals, discarded papers and information books often form a part of her work.
As a creative ‘hunter gatherer’ searching for, seeking out, collecting together and sorting through, images and ephemera is a key part of the creative process. Collage is a tactile process and the feel of the materials is as important as how they look.
The accessibility of collage as a medium has huge appeal. Miranda uses basic equipment – scissors, scalpel and glue stick alongside a variety of low-fi techniques such as cutting, tearing and pasting sometimes incorporating image transfer techniques using packing tape, solvents and tracing paper…
Miranda’s work is often playful and slightly tongue in cheek but sometimes there is also a sense of menace or of a story with an ambiguous ending…