Lot 44: Miranda Maher

2016 CEPA Gallery Biennial Art Auction, Miranda Maher

This Moment: Quiet and Spacious as the Moon I
Giclée and Seal Imprint
13 x 19 inches
Signed Recto
Edition 1/5
This Moment: Quiet and Spacious as the Moon I-VI Series

BIO: Miranda Maher moved from Detroit to Brooklyn shortly after receiving her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1990) and her B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally. Along with her exhibition work, Maher have editioned more than 10 artist’s books and was the Art Editor for the poetry journal Long News in the Short Century. Her artists books are distributed by Printed Matter in New York. Her work is represented in the Robert Schiffler Collection, the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art (Special Collections), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Boston Museum and the Brooklyn Museum.

STATEMENT: “Ensō” is a particular kind of Zen practice/art practice. It is a painted circle that is said to symbolize the infinite universe and manifest the mind of the practitioner at the moment of making. The most prized Ensō scroll paintings are made by accomplished monks, but the practice is open to us all. Or at least to anyone brazen enough to tackle a universal circle, drawn in a single breath, manifesting the soul. Ha. These Ensō were painted by me. But then they were scanned and the sumi-e ink is replaced by moon terrain from NASA’s exhaustive catalog of satellite photographs of the solar system. Somehow, dragging a brush around a circle, leaving behind a barren surface of craters, light and shadow seems less daunting than marking a page with my perfected spirit.

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