Today we’d like to introduce you to Miranda Livingston.
Hi Miranda, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am a mixed-media artist and attorney currently living in Chicago, Illinois. I was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri. I have been around art my entire life. My dad is an artist and was an art teacher for the Kirkwood School District for over 30 years. I absorbed art on a daily basis and was always poking around my dad’s art studio. My dad would paint, collage, and build; I would study all of his work. He introduced me to artists like Romare Bearden, Kerry James Marshall, and Faith Ringgold. I participated in the St. Louis Art Works summer apprenticeship program as a teen and my dad would take my brother and I to the St. Louis Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum. I am also heavily influenced by my mother. She helped me develop my eye and love for patterns, fashion, and plants. She would take me thrifting and showed me that color was nothing to be afraid of. My brother, who is also an artist, has helped me elevate my digital art and love for curating art.
I have always wanted to create my own art and I spent a long time trying to find my place within the art world and refining my artistic palette. In 2019, I took a Japanese card making class at the Japanese Culture Center in Chicago. It was taught by a very talented artist, Pamela Martinez. After the class, Pamela invited me to her art studio to try some water marbling. I loved the fact that each piece of water marble art we created was a unique piece of art, inimitable. I started researching similar art forms and I stumbled upon acrylic paint pouring and the rest is history. In 2021, I launched Pothos & Patterns, which is dedicated to nurturing the artist in everyone. I aspire to curate a unique artistic experience. My long-term goal is to build an art center with an art gallery, event space, and collaborative studio spaces.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There have been some challenges. I work a full-time, demanding job and I still have to maintain a creative business. Sometimes it’s a challenge balancing work with all my creative endeavors. Imposter syndrome can also creep in, so I am working on self-affirmation. I combat artist block by surrounding myself with art in my home and spending time in my art studio everyday, even if it’s just fiddling around for 5 minutes.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I love mixed-media. I do acrylic paint pouring. Acrylic pouring is a fluid painting technique where acrylic paint is brought to a pourable consistency using additives. The liquefied paint is then poured on a surface and then distributed by tilting the painting surface causing different effects. My pours are the foundation of a lot of my work.
My collaging studio practice is focused on images from the African Diaspora and is inspired by Afrofuturism. I collage on top of my pours using a combination of historical photography, plants and flowers, magazine clippings, and my own photography. You can find me scouring through thousands of images of beautiful and resilient Black people.
I also create digital collages from my pours and photo collection. I love that I can photograph a section of a canvas pour, digitally edit the photos, and create a new piece. A lot of my work is connected in some way because of this.
I also do alcohol ink and resin art and I am always looking to add to my artistic repertoire.
I am most proud of my collages because they are challenging, but fun to put together. What sets me apart is that every piece I create is an original, inimitable work of art.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Acrylic pouring is a fast growing art technique and it’s also beginner-friendly. I see it all over my Instagram timeline. Within the next 5-10 years I see interest in it growing exponentially. Collaging has always been a popular art technique and with growing interest and exposure of Black collagists, it will only continue to become more mainstream.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://pothosandpatterns.com
- Instagram: pothosandpatterns
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