Chévere for me represents the existence of a new perspective, the awesome waiting to be embraced and the hopeful magic we create for ourselves.
Miranda Graham, a native of Canton, Illinois, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago and her Master of Fine Arts under full scholarship, in painting, from Kendall College of Art & Design.
Graham is currently working as an adjunct professor with Ferris State University & Grand Valley State University. Before attending Graduate school, Graham worked as a Program’s Coordinator (Galleries Curator/Manager & Educator), for The Peoria Art Guild, in Peoria, IL for nearly four years. With a long career in public service & community collaborative art outreach, Graham specialized in expanding creative skill sets for the developmentally delayed and youth in crisis in the Chicago area.
Working primarily in oils and photography, her works combine the intimacy of portraiture and the exploitation of contemporary romanticism of form to challenge formal assumptions about beauty. Vibrantly heightened color palettes, intensely reflected light and enveloping cast shadow add to compositional tension by revealing/concealing the form as both integrated and disintegrated. These works are intended to reveal the simultaneously real and surreal mind space constantly negotiated and balanced by examining vulnerability and internalized heroics with a single passionate and personal encounter.
St. Julia & the Bull | oil on canvas | 60.5 x 60.5 inches | 2016