We’ve been entranced with Miriam Wosk’s art for years and years, her mixed media paintings and intricate collages are mesmerizingly beautiful and thought inspiring. Full of fabric textures, glistening gemstones, vintage flora and fauna, graceful skeletons and sumptuous color. So we highly recommend that you get out to see the retrospective exhibition - Abundance and Devotion, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art currently on view through April 20th, 2013.
While doing a little research for this feature, we were curious to see why her website hasn’t been updated since 2008. After some digging we are very saddened to learn that Miriam died in 2010, at 65 after a long bout with breast cancer. However, she came from a wealthy family, was successful with her art (without compromise) – so the life she lived seems to have been a wonderful one. She was buried in Hawaii, according to her wishes.
Miriam created the art for the very first issue of Ms. Magazine in 1972. The cover depicted a modern version of the Hindu goddess Kali, tears streaming down her face while she uses eight blue arms to juggle an overabundance of work and household tasks.
“My paintings reflected the light, the joyous, uplifting attitude of being in California,” she said in 2006 in Venice magazine. “I started putting jewels in the work right away. Brightly colored, highly patterned, more exuberant, that’s how the atmosphere made me feel.”
Working in paint, pastel and collage on paper, Wosk often began with an anatomical image that she smothered “in veil upon veil of floral ornament and pattern, creating a sort of gothic, hyper-decorative Surrealism that is as invigorating for the imagination as it is for the eye,” according to a 2006 Times review of the show “Sequins and Skeletons” at the now-defunct Billy Shire Fine Arts Gallery in Culver City. – Via The Los Angeles Times
Miriam lived in Santa Monica where she worked from her incredible home studio (below). The huge vintage Spanish style residence was re-vamped and custom designed to host parties, hold her extensive art collections and her art studio. An artist’s dream home, guaranteed to make one drool, it is currently on the market for a mere $12,500,000. To see more pictures of this fantastic home, full of Miriam’s artful eye, click here.
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