Office Hours with Patricia Miranda

Is the conceptual framework of your work clearly visible?

You create fabulous work, document it beautifully, and articulate language around it. Making the work visible and ideas clear and concrete is at the core of supporting the work in its fullest ambition.

I work with artists to help make your conceptual vision clear to an audience, including viewers, curators, jurors, grant and residency panels, and clients. 

This means keeping your work front and center in all information: portfolio, curation of images, statements, proposals, and website. I am rigorous and pragmatic. Together we develop practical flexible strategies and systems to support and promote your practice. 


Book Office Hours

Reach out to chat about how we might work together.

Office Hours: 1.5 hours: $275

Current Critters: 1.5 hours $175 

All artists currently in any Labs (excludes AltMFA+Residency) receive a Lab discount.

See bookings for details on multiple sessions.

A consult often starts with a website analysis, as this is space where you have already curated and organized your work. This may include a critique of the work, an analysis of the curation, and a review of your texts. Together we go through your materials, and make a plan. We create simple systems for long and short term planning, designed for your individual practice. This includes strong artist statements, portfolios, and proposals to present the work in the clearest way possible, as well as systems for planning and goal setting. 

All good creators have tough supportive editors!

I never edit your words without you. Together we go through texts and images, and discuss what is important to you and how to support your goals. This includes clear and visible content, curation of images and information to best support the work. I utilize a clear step-by-step process designed to hone the language around your work. The process is an articulation and constructive tool for writing about your work in current and future statements.

The business side of being an artist is an ongoing challenge. Collaborating on administrative work preserves studio time, and helps move the work forward for next level venues and contexts.

Artist Statements

We are artists not writers. 

Artist statements are concrete descriptive documents about the ideas and materials in the work. Demystifying statements is one of my favorite tasks in working with artists. Articulating the ideas in the work, beyond ones own self-expression, is necessary for the work to grow in maturity, and into more ambitious opportunities. 

The core of a great statement is already present in most artists' existing texts. Together we find that core, and build and hone the statement into a tight, clear, concise document, essential for helping people see and understand your work. 

The argument that text is not good for the work is an argument against bad statements. A good artist statement deepens and articulates for the artist as well as the viewer.  It doesn't explain, justify, or make claims for meaning. A bad statement can damage the work. A good statement supports it.

Grants + Proposals

Putting together proposals for exhibitions, grants, and other opportunities is a necessary part of the practice. This includes concise texts about the work and project, cv and bio, and most important, a strongly curated body of images, organized to best advocate for your work.

I would love to work with you to help further your practice.

I have worked for over twenty years with artists on professional practice and development, through intensive semester-long courses in undergrad and seminars in graduate programs; individually and in community programs with working artists, and in individual office hours. In the Crit Lab I work with 50+ artists in rigorous monthly critique following a strong pedagogical structure. This has given me a wide and comprehensive perspective on work in every genre, and a strong process to support artists in making their conceptual ideas visible. A strong structure moves us forward with focus and dedication. 

Reach out with questions anytime!