About The Artist--Miriam Kalb
I have lived in Winnipeg all my life and was an elementary school teacher for 31 years. Upon retirement, I pursued my lifelong interest in art forms by completing my Fine Arts (hons) degree at the University of Manitoba in 2004. Art History, Printmaking, Ceramics and a double major in Drawing and Photography, which was also the subject of my fourth year thesis were all part of a fabulous experience.
My awareness of the flat prairie landscape and the large expansive skies has influenced my work, and the cold northern climate has no doubt contributed to my preference for warm and vibrant colors. My paintings are an exploration of color and texture suggesting a personal interchange between artist and materials rather than a particular record of a certain image. They are often painted with a palette knife, which intentionally produces imperceptible details. Found objects as well as brushes also outline passages in my work. Because the art process is an important aspect of my work, I respond selectively to the elements, which are suggested as the work progresses. Colour, texture and form arising from the art process provides much of the inspiration for my work. My paintings invite a broad spectrum of interpretation, reflecting a state of mind or a feeling, rather than a fact or place. Some of the works are painted on textured hand-made rag paper that I make myself. My work to the present has focused mainly on acrylic painting and photography but I am exploring experimental watercolour techniques as well. I have also developed papermaking procedures, which can be conveniently used at home or in a small workshop.
In my photographs, I find a subject or set up still life. Some images are literally a slice of life, a fragment of a larger reality; others are invented or edited. I am interested in colour, texture, light, pattern, rhythm, and line. My photos try to capture an image, which elicits a visual reaction comparable to that same response that music or poetry might evoke. I am exploring the use of the computer to scan objects, digitally alter and print photos as well as to produce original digital art.
A Favourite quote - “The world of reality has its limits. The world of imagination is boundless.” - Jean Jacques Rousseau.