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Miriam in front of her drawing, Red

Artist Statement

My work is often an exploration of using negative and positive space to illustrate internal narratives. I am constantly inspired by decorative elements around me, from leaf vein patterns to building facades. My style started in 2005 as practicing henna designs, but transformed due to switching to paper and trying to create scenes using birds and flowers as the main actors. At first these scenes were rather story-less as well, but over time I challenged myself to add more and more to them and to represent situations I was going through in real life in my style. 
No matter their individual topics, each drawing is always a practice in self-acceptance and an exploration of the meaning of "perfection" and "flaws." We often hold beauty as synonymous with perfection and order. Yet despite nature being riddled with "mistakes" and "flaws" at every level, it is often considered perfect. Since my drawings are an extension of myself, creating them ends up being a continuation of the battle with my self-criticism. As such it is a relatively easy and fun way to push ahead against my self-doubts, challenge what I think my limitations are, and better understand the illusions I hold about myself and the world.
Red by Miriam Colman
Picture of Miriam Colman holding a fountain pen

Artist Bio

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Miriam Colman is a queer Buddhist artist best known for her intricate abstract drawings. Usually working with fountain pens on paper and occasionally felt tip pens on wood, Miriam's art features mainly birds and flowers as the main actors in each scene. Self-taught, her characters are hidden in cascades of vines and other natural elements, creating scenes that explore topics arising from living half in the closet. Currently, Miriam lives and works in Redmond, Washington.