Cynthia Ann Miro
Cynthia started her arts exploration at Kansas City Art Institute where she studied painting and printmaking. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, in Management Information Systems from University of Texas at Dallas. In May 2016, Cynthia graduated with her Master of Fine Art in Art & Technology also from University of Texas at Dallas.
Cynthia is a socially engaged artist who is passionate about preserving diversity in Dallas. She has collaborated with Rick Lowe on Trans.lation, a Nasher Xchange project located in Vickery Meadow. She began by developing relationships and workshops that serve the needs of the multicultural community in Vickery Meadow who are threatened by gentrification. She continues this work with Carol Zou, assisting with supply acquisitions and community engagement.
On campus at UTD, Cynthia is known for Arms Around the Art Barn, an initiative to save one of the last examples of tin roof architecture in the Dallas area. This project culminated in a full scale installation of sweaters that encircled the entire perimeter of the structure in a warm fuzzy hug. UTD's Visual Arts building received a 'stay of execution' and continues to be enjoyed by students, alumni and the DFW metroplex.
My work is personal, confessional and performative in a documented sense. A serendipity that is slurred and glitched to both connect and disconnect from the source. Influenced by programming algorithms, mathematical formulas and physics, iterations of emotional outbursts are salvaged from interfaces such as iPhone photostream and reciprocated in compilation.
My work is driven by process and draws on previous experience with writing code through the use of iteration, recursion and algorithmic paradigms. In addition, the new media work mirrors my expressionist philosophy that manifests in my painting and printmaking where the interest lies more in emotional expression rather than physical accuracy. The work is contemporary in its method of capture from various photostreams available through iPhone and social media outlets. These photostream are a major source of fascination, not only for the images but also the space in between, the juxtaposition gives way to patterns where psychology is revealed by succession like life flashing before my eyes.
As technology evolves, so too does our means of perception. We consume images in a multi-view rapid format. Self-portraiture has moved from a strictly artistic pursuit into the lives of everyday people as they reframe, self analyze and publicly display. I employ this genre in my work as a performative confessional, a means to act out. Sometimes it takes the form of salvaged images serendipitously aligned in my photostream which take on a kind of encrypted meaning. It is an orchestrated social commentary. My ‘selfie’ work is a means of exploring ‘ego’ in a way that seeks to communicate primal, forbidden, subconscious and feminist ideology. In this process I exploit everyday apps such as Instagram, Pixlr, etc. and uncover glitches as I push the mediums to the extreme, beyond their intended use. Notable influences are Tracey Emin for her confessional style, Ana Mendieta for leaving her mark, and Melanie Bonajo for her work with the “anti-selfie”.
My work seeks to be honest and raw, focusing more on the not so pretty and inappropriate side of being me: to release the suppressed, to whisper a secret, to scream, to cry. A quick and dirty source to express the inexpressible and to document that expression. There is freedom in this release.
MFA, 2016, Arts and Technology, University of Texas at Dallas
BS MIS, Cum Laude, 2002, Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas
Associate of Science, Honors, 1999, Brookhaven College, DCCCD
Kansas City Art Institute, 19871989, Painting and Printmaking
The Consortium, Temporary Collectives, Selected MFA students from UTA, UTD, Texas A&M Commerce & TCU, Dallas, TX
2015 The Consortium, 500 Singleton, Selected MFA students from UTD, UTA & SMU, Dallas, TX
500x Gallery, Student EXPO 2015, Jurors: Jordan and Susan Roth of RO2, Dallas, Tx
Honorable Mention, Mulholland, digital media, 36” x 36”, Plano Art Association, 125 Show, Collin County Community College, Plano, Tx
Artist inResidence, Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow, A Nasher XChange Project by Rick Lowe, Dallas, Tx
Merchant Award, Texas Visual Artist Association, Attitude, 4’ x 3’, oil on canvas, Medical City Dallas Member’s show, Dallas, Tx
3rd Place, Texas Visual Artist Association, Nostalgia Show, Paradox, 4’ x 7’ charcoal on paper, Dallas, Tx
Chaos 2016, RO2, Dallas, Tx (curated by Jordan and Susan Roth)
Reciprocated Salvage, CentralTrack, Dallas, Tx. MFA Thesis show including digital prints & video
Temporary Collectives, 500 Singleton Blvd., Dallas, Tx. A group show, select graduate students from UTA, UTD, Texas A&M Commerce and TCU
Open Call, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Tx
Empires of Dirt, CentralTrak, Dallas, Tx with Liz Trosper and Alison Jardine
Chaos, RO2, Dallas, Tx (curated by Jordan and Susan Roth)
Consortium, Dallas, Tx, group show, select graduate students from SMU, UTA & SMU
Valcucine Pohlenz, Dallas Tx (curated by Alchemy Arts Collective)
125 Show, Plano Art Association, Collin County Community College, Plano, Tx
Student Expo, 500X, Dallas, Tx (curated by Jordan and Susan Roth of RO2)
Hot nSweaty, 500X, Dallas, Tx
Solo Exhibition, Faces of Vickery Meadow, White Cube 2, Nasher XChange Project, Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow, Dallas, Tx
Solo Installation, Arms Around the Art Barn, group gallery exhibition, University of Texas at Dallas Visual Arts Building, Richardson, Tx (curated by Rachel Siddens)
Anatomy of a Social Sculpture, Beef Haus, Nasher XChange Project, Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow, Dallas, Tx
Solo Exhibition, Bits and Pieces, House of Poets, Richardson, Tx
SelfPortrait Show, Collin County Community College, Plano, Tx (curated by Zane Steadman)
Commissions (selected list)
Pacifico, 2016, Digital Slur I & Spasm, Rowlett, Tx
Grimes, 2015, Chakra, 3’ x 6’, oil on panel, Dallas, Tx
Pouttu, 2011, Family Portrait, 24 x 48, pastel on paper, Richardson, Tx
Gutierrez, 2011, Portrait, 18 x 24, gouache on paper, Dallas, Tx
Falies, 2008, Portraits, 16 x 11, gouache on paper, Richardson, Tx
Bair, 2007, Portrait, 16 x 11, oil on canvas, Dallas, Tx
Carpenter, 2007 & 2008, Portraits, charcoal, pastel, gouache and oil, Lewisville, Tx
Kahle, 2007, Portraits, 18 x 14, charcoal on paper, Richardson, Tx
Ross, 2007, Portrait, 11 x 17, charcoal on paper, Richardson, Tx
Knapp, 2006, Portrait, 12 x 18, pastel on paper, Santa Rosa Beach, Fl
Sheumaker, 2005, Portrait, 24 x 18, oil on canvas, Dallas, Tx
Sutton, 2005, Portrait, 18 x 24, oil on canvas, Dallas, Tx
The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Arts & Humanities, 20152016 Events Calendar, Print
Line of Fire: UTD Art BarnExtended Version, Debate, UTD TV, Dallas, TX, June 23, 2014
Teaching and Related Experience
2016 Iron Frog Press, Printmaking workshop at Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Dallas, Tx
Intern at Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow, Dallas, Tx
Intern at RO2, Dallas, Tx
2015 Intern at Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow, Dallas, Tx
Intern at RO2, Dallas, Tx
201315 Art workshops for refugees from all over the world, Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow, Nasher Xchange Project by Rick Lowe, Dallas, Tx