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Illuminate Series

This body of work draws inspiration from the illuminated pages of medieval Islamic, European, Persian, and Indian manuscripts.  The images in ancient manuscripts communicate through an elaborate visual language, using intricate pattern and design that are decorative yet also convey information, tell a story in an abstract visual form.  The geometric patterns are culturally specific, exerting their own autonomous identity within the larger image.  Yet pattern, design, and composition from vastly dissimilar cultures at times show more similarity than difference.  Layering several images in one painting takes on an evocative meaning, a way of discerning cultural parallels in a world that separates and polarizes us.

The paint is egg tempera- the binder being the simple yolk of an egg.  The pigments are primarily from earth and mineral sources, but also at times from plant and insect sources, in a medium dating back thousands of years.  The yolk is translucent, so color remains intensely vibrant, creating a luminous surface.  The act of rolling the yolk in my hand, the grinding of minerals into color, the way the paint moves on the surface- there is a palpable intimacy with the natural world through the paint. The use of 22k gold leaf in my work continues this exploration of parallels.  Gold has been revered by cultures all over the world and throughout history, representing transcendence. It seems to hold light within itself, rather than reflect it from another source.  Gold “hums” on the surface, shimmering with a light that transcends the flat plane.

Through the interpretation/reinterpretation- deconstruction/reconstruction, of these ancient cultural images and materials, I re-examine and re-contextualize my place in my world, while simultaneously continuing in a long tradition, standing on the shoulders of all those who came before. My hope is that these paintings, in some small way, thoughtfully create a sense of mystery, beauty and grace.

Illuminate Series 2
Illuminate Series #2, 2006
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
36x40


Illuminate Series #2
detail


Illuminate Series Red
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
48x72


Illuminate Series Red
detail
       

Patricia Miranda - Illuminate Series #4
Illuminate Series #4, 2006
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
48 x 36
"


Illuminate Series #4
detail

Patricia Miranda - Illuminate Series #5
Illuminate Series #5, 2006
egg tempera on panel
48 x 36"


Illuminate Series #5
detail

       
Patricia Miranda - Illuminate Series #6
Illuminate Series #6, 2006
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
48 x 36"

Illuminate Series #6
detail
Patricia Miranda  - #7
Illuminate Series #7, 2006
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
42 x 32"

Illuminate Series #7
detail
       
Patricia Miranda - Illuminate Series #8
Illuminate Series #8, 2006
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
48 x 72"


Illuminate Series #8

detail
Illuminate Series Red #2
Illuminate Series Red #2, 2006
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
32 x 42"

Illuminate Series Red #2
detail
       
Patricia Miranda - Lapis #1
Lapis #1, 2005
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
47 1/4 x 29 3/4"

Lapis #2, 2005
egg tempera,
22k gold leaf on panel
30x24
Patricia Miranda - Cobalt #6
Cobalt #6, 2005
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
20 x 16"


Cobalt & Silver, 2006
egg tempera,
13.5k gold leaf on panel

12x12

Patricia Miranda - Cadmium Red #8
Cadmium Red #8, 2005
egg tempera,
22 gold leaf on panel
12 x 12"
Patricia Miranda - Fibonacci Red
Fibonacci Red, 2005
egg tempera, 22 gold leaf on panel
48 x 24"

Patricia Miranda - Translucent Blue #5
Translucent Blue #5, 2005
egg tempera, 22 gold leaf on panel
48 x 24"

Patricia Miranda - Translucent Blue #7
Translucent Blue #7, 2005
egg tempera, 22 gold leaf on panel
48 x 24"
Patricia Miranda - River/Landscape
River/Landscape, 2006
egg tempera, 12k gold leaf on panel
36 x 24"



Patricia Miranda - Illuminate Series #9

Illuminate Series #9, 2006
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
36 x 24"

Patricia MIranda - Untitled Red

Untitled Red, 2005
egg tempera, 22 gold leaf on panel
30 x 24"

 
Small Works    
Patricia Miranda - Predella Series #4
Predella Series #4, 2006
egg tempera, 13k gold leaf on panel
14 x 11"
Patricia Miranda - Predella Series #5
Predella Series #5, 2006
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
14 x 11"

     
Patricia Miranda - Siena Landscape Series #2
Siena Landscape Series #2, 2005
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
12 x 10"
Patricia Miranda - Siena Landscape Series #3
Siena Landscape Series #3, 2005
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
12 x 10"
Patricia Miranda - Siena Landscape Series #4
Siena Landscape Series #4, 2005
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
12 x 10"
     
Patricia Miranda - Siena Landscape Series #5
Siena Landscape Series #5, 2005
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel,
12 x 10"
Patricia Miranda - Siena Landscape Series #6
Siena Landscape Series #6, 2005
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel,
12 x 10"
Patricia Miranda - Siena Landscape Series #1
Siena Landscape Series #1, 2005
egg tempera, 22k gold leaf on panel
12 x 10"