Serena Mitnik-Miller’s current solo exhibition S W I R L, at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City, is series of wonderfully executed watercolors on paper that are both light and breezy, the works reflecting the Californian’s vibe, importing a kind of relaxed and meditative spirit into the space.
With not much more than a faint pencil guide by the artist’s own hand, Mitnik-Miller’s use of pattern and repetition is a core element explored in the artist’s latest series. Mitnik-Miller explains, “The initial line work of pencil drawing guides the formal process, but there’s no finite plan… each color is based on the previous color used. It’s about the process, too, so I’m flexible with where it leads me.”
In contrast to earlier works based on literal representations of nature—such as leaves, waves, and water drops—the works in S W I R L began an experimentation further focusing on abstraction and less so with a true-to-life depiction of nature. Ultimately, Mitnik-Miller’s interest remains on the repetition of simple forms and shapes, and their interaction on paper: “This show is an exploration of color and linear formations. No two works are alike. I continue to push the boundaries of where this will take me until it leads me in a new direction.” said Mitnik-Miller.
So with the exhibition about to open Serena spoke to Surf Collective about what?… You’ll just have to read to find out – don’t worry it’s short. Enjoy!
“The initial line work of pencil drawing guides the formal process, but there’s no finite plan…”
INTERVIEW | SERENA MITNIK-MILLER
Surf Collective: Where did it all start?
Serena Mitnik-Miller: On paper with water and color.
SC: What are 4 things you like about visiting New York City?
SM: Time with friends, art/culture, Long Island beaches in all seasons and the fast paced creative energy.
SC: What inspired your latest work?
SM: My work has been an ongoing transformation over time with inspiration derived from the natural world, but I also let the process guide the work.
SC: What excites you about art?
SM: The whole experience and process is what excites me. Art is an exploration of discovering and pushing the boundaries of creating something new.
SC: Where would you love to see a piece of your work hanging?
SM: It’s most rewarding to have my work hanging in the homes of artists whom I admire.
SC: As a collector yourself, who would you love to one day hang on your wall?
SM: I was recently drooling over an Arcosanti drawing by Evan Hecox.
THANK YOU SERENA