Miranda Donovan

Miranda Donovan

With a mixture of cement, filler PVA and oil paints I build brick walls on board. I carve in intricate bricks using a knife and nails to bring about a textured and tactile surface, into which I can scratch, literally attack, make marks and onto which I can apply different painting languages.
Graffiti is one kind of mark making I explore in my work. Aside from its universality and its illegal characteristics
ultimately what draws me to it, is that it is a way an individuals voice is heard and by which a personal mark, though temporary, is left.
Whilst exploring graffiti I began to consider types of housing such as architecture reminiscent of the Corbusian vision of a ville lumiere and types of housing which are non-architectural and temporary. However this interest has now shifted to focusing on the specific in architecture, at this stage bricks.
Whilst I use particular, often loaded, graffiti style words and attack the surface, more often than not at random, ultimately I aim to combine fine art and street art into a coherent image which speaks of experiences and encounters, a word said, a look given, emotions felt.
I am interested in the work of Jean Michele Basquiat, Dondi, David Hepher, Howard Hodgkin and Tapies.
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Location London