Artist Biography: Miriam Novack is both a sculptor (working in mahogany, alabaster, and clay) and a painter who has created works that have combined, for her, the most appealing aspects of each medium.
Miriam is a graduate of Brooklyn College of the City of New York, with a B.A., with Honors in Art. She has been exhibiting in numerous art shows since 1979, and has won many ribbons and awards. She was on the January cover of Sunshine Artists Magazine in 1985. Several times, she has been the poster artist for some of Florida’s top fine art shows. The most prestigious of these was the 2006, 25th Anniversary Downtown Festival of the Arts in Gainesville.
She had a one-woman show entitled, “Evolution” (September 8 – October 28, 2007) at the Thomas Center Main Gallery in Gainesville, Florida. This show traced the evolution of her work from sculpture to ceramics and painting. Her work currently is on display at the Gainesville Artisans’ Guild Gallery.
Artist Statement - Acrylic Painting: The more you look, the more you see! With my kaleidoscope’s view of the world, images are fractured into intricate forms, creating a tapestry of ever changing designs.
Vibrant colors evoke the luminosity of stained glass windows, as one form fluidly merges with another. Each canvas tells its own unique story. Earlier paintings are rendered in an impressionistic style, capturing the light and textures of nature. The very earliest works are based on patterns of concentric circles, a motif that continues in the current kaleidoscope style paintings.
Artist Statement - Ceramic Vases:I have found challenges in creating unique sculptural ceramic vases that are intricately carved, fired, and then painted with acrylic (they are for decorative use only, and are water resistant). They are a 3-D canvas for my acrylic paintings, incorporating my own signature painting styles.
Each is either thrown on a wheel, or created by layering coils of clay one on top of another and then intricately carving them, often evoking the texture and look of coral. Happily, I have found a medium which allows me to combine both my love of sculpture and of painting. Each delicate ceramic creation is a one of a kind piece, made to be a unique visual and tactile experience.