A Printed Menagerie
February 23, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center
Miranda Young is no stranger to the Arkansas Arts Center. She took classes and appeared in theater productions as a child, has been an instructor in the Museum School for the past decade, is the scenic designer and properties manager for the Children’s Theatre, and is even the proud mother of a Museum School student. While Young’s work in the Children’s Theatre provides her with a lot of teaching moments, the majority of her teaching is done in the Museum School through her Introduction to Printmaking and Open Studio classes. Young is particularly fond of the Open Studio classes where she brings in some of her own works and gives demonstrations. She says, “The AAC has given me the opportunity to make art all day as my job—it feeds my need to make art and I appreciate that.” Young has a BFA in printmaking and painting from the Kansas City Art Institute.
I love learning about animals and the meanings that humans place on them. I am particularly interested in the predator and prey relationship. Although this doesn’t always translate directly into my work it does inform the posture of the animals that I chose to fixate on. In most of my work you will find an animal removed from its natural surroundings as to focus directly on the posturing of the animal. This turns the animal into a design element in the work rather than looking at the animal in its natural environment. This idea was discovered naturally through working but may be informed by my desire to explore the spiritual and emotional meanings that humans place on the animal, which also removes the animal from its natural environment.
This combined with an interest in design and bold graphic prints and drawings has lead me to making large scale linocuts and sculptures of animals. I am in love with discovering the textures of the animal’s fur and skin through the carving of the lino plate and the scrafito carving process in the clay. I am always thinking of color throughout the process of carving but color is added during printing through a process called Chine Collé. This layering of dyed mulberry papers adds color while also accentuating the graphic nature of the carving. This process is reversed in the sculpture process, as the color is added before the carving and allows me to look at the color layering process in a more painterly way.
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