My work emerges out of a desire to explore the interconnectedness of all of nature, and to discover a certain order in the chaos of life. These spiritual and surreal art works are both symbolically autobiographical as well as an investigation into the patterns of human experience and perception. By transforming simple materials, paper collage, jewels, wallpaper, and old natural history charts into objects of beauty and power, I search for a balance between spontaneity and design, the decorative and the profound, the sacred and the mundane, life and death. Art writer, Peter Clothier notes that my work reminds us of the most basic of truths by stating, “Our lives are at once fraught with almost intolerable beauty and threatened with decay…our greatest potential as human creatures lies in the ability of our consciousness to hold both simultaneously in mind, with clarity and equanimity.”
Artist Bio / CV
Miriam Wosk is an artist who lives and works in Santa Monica, California. She exhibits her work in galleries and museums nationally, including the show “Euphoria: Paintings of Miriam Wosk” at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Shows in 2009 include "Pretty: Disturbing" at the Orange County Center For Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California, "Show and Tell: The Art of Language" at the Zimmer Children's Museum in Los Angeles, California, "In Bed Together" at Royal/T in Culver City, California, "Birds" at Michael's Restaurant, in Santa Monica, California and a commissioned installation for The Santa Museum of Art, "Halla Gala" in Santa Monica, California.
Shows in 2008 include “Curiosities” at Edward Cella Art + Architecture in Santa Barbara, California, “Alchemy, Collage and Assemblage” at 516 Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, “Miriam Wosk - Bigas Luna” at The Gabarron Foundation, Carriage House Center for the Arts in New York, NY co-sponsored by I.V.A.M. Valencia, Spain, “In The Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz School” at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California, “1968-2008 The Culture of Collage” at Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York, NY, and a solo show at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, California.
Recent articles and reviews published on her work and life were included in The Los Angles Times, Venice Magazine, Artweek Magazine and O At Home – An Oprah Magazine.
In her former career as an illustrator in New York City in the 1970’s she worked for various publications including the The New York Times, New York Magazine, Esquire, Vogue, and created the first cover of Ms. Magazine. She was also a Mademoiselle magazine guest editor.