Melbourne artist Miranda Skoczek is renowned for her engaging, energetic works and her spectacular way with colour. A fixture on the art scene, her work is almost instantly recognisable for its ability to get you lost within the canvas – it’s most often layered with intuitive colour, pattern and motifs. We thought her work was perfect for our collaboration with Australian charity, RedKite. Miranda has designed two tote bags and one tee, with all proceeds from each sale going towards providing essential support to children and their families who are facing cancer. Here, we chat to Miranda about her work, her inspiration and her recent tree change.
Photography by Dianna Snape
ON HER WORK
Well first and foremost I’m a formalist and colourist. I describe my work as being a mix of culture and nature, as well as being very much informed by the whole history of art and image making. My paintings are without a specific narrative but they’re essentially about painting and the act of doing. I love the physicality of paint. I want the process and the way I’ve moved around the canvas to be evident and for each canvas to be immersive.
ON HER SIGNATURE AESTHETIC
I think my work has become a lot more layered. I mean obviously I’ve become more of a sophisticated designer, but essentially my work is still very haptic. I want there to be that sense of touch and that sense of history, so the layers are evident. It’s really important for the eye to travel across my canvases, they’re to be viewed both close up, and then you need to step back to appreciate them. I have evolved in colours, I used to be a lot more minimal, using predominately different whites, but now the colours have become more jewel-like and much richer. I’ve always been into a combination of gloss and matte, thick and thin, rough and smooth.
ON HER INFLUENCES
I am influenced by anything and everything. I’ve got a veracious appetite for images and I gather and take from every source imaginable – everything from art, fashion, architecture, ancient civilisations. I’m also very informed by travel and engagement with different cultures. There is absolutely not one influence – it’s a myriad influences.
ON THE DESIGN PROCESS FOR OUR COLLABORATION
I have two elements to my practice. Painting is what I turn to first and foremost, but I do enjoy a mixed media collage, which is the technique I employed for the Red Kite work. Basically just colouring paper with different materials; watercolours, oil crayons, pastels and collage. Then I cut these pieces up and arrange them in the shapes you’ve seen today. For this project, I did sort of reference that very typical kite shape, but it’s quite abstract which is in keeping with my practice. Being a charity that helps children I wanted them to be playful and positive, so the use of colour is fun and engaging.
ON HER RECENT TREE CHANGE
I imagine that my obsession with green will continue and develop further. I’m also interested to see if my folkloric creatures that inhabited my paintings years ago return. I think my works might become a little more autobiographical because I've never really taken them to that place.
ON DECORATING A NEW HOME
Well that’s been a passion of mine since I first started travelling the world. I don’t think about it too much I just buy things that I love and things which hold memories for me. I love collecting pieces when I travel but I also do love mid-century designs. It’s really important to me that I reference different histories. I love mid-century design, I love beautiful sleek Italian contemporary design but then I love to couple that with tribal one off -pieces. Like with my painting it’s always got to be a mix of high and low, antique and contemporary. I think if you love something you will always find and place for it. I want my house to be lived in and happy.
To shop the RedKite tees and totes, head in store.