Miranda Donovan
British, born 1979

Describing her work as sculptural paintings, Miranda Donovan constructs three-dimensional surfaces that bridge assemblage and graffiti. Donovan employs materials that evoke a sense of urban decay, such as brick walls or peeling plaster, using them as support surfaces for gestural paintings. She understands her work through the tradition of landscape painting, as she manipulates light and color to create emotionally charged images. Her work suggests that the physical decline of materials such as crumbling brick can serve to document types of social change, often negative. In her eschewal of nature and embrace of man-made detritus, she tacitly positions urban ruins as the defining human landscapes of our time.

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