Artists can be quite observant, and I choose to be mindful of how I interrupt my own observations of human behavior onto the canvas. Many people experience overstimulation and anxious feelings in day-to-day tasks and isolation can feel real in a room full of people. I attempt to capture anxiety and how it can impact our lives in the spaces that we exist with mundane objects. I exaggerate the function an object holds within the world of the painting and explore what a living space can say about someone. Who a person is at home may be different than the version they are willing to share with others. The figures I represent are those who struggle with communication and social cues when out of their comfort zone. What I want viewers to take away from these narratives are questions of how they interact with family, friends, and strangers. Rather than be weary of an awkward encounter, know that usually the person on the other end of the conversation is feeling similar emotions. I choose to portray the hectic feeling a simple interaction can have on us through behavior and expression with a humorous twist.


Miranda Pikul is currently an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles studying studio art.  Her focus explores the psychology of human behavior and their relationship with material objects. Miranda’s work has been on display in galleries such as The Wonderstone and The Back-Fence Society, which led way to her first Solo Show in 2019, displaying her series titled, “It’s Not Dark Yet.” Her work has been published in a variety of magazines such as Anzzia, Local Wolves and the SD Voyager. 


Miranda Pikul; July 31 2020 - Art Scene podcast episode with Erika Funke

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