Exploring tensions between “realities” and the “constructed realities” of self-identification, I use installation to dramatize the entity of self, its outward forms and its relationship to its environment. My work engages frightening, harsh, ugly and violent concepts, while also casting comic, darkly humorous, or sublime ideas. My work references mythological, folkloric, symbolic and iconic sources, using association to distill the expansive machinations of the psyche. In the sculptural installation, “Lick of The Wolf, “ I apply everyday materials to construct theatrical vignettes featuring human, animal and anthropromorphic figures that reside within extracted sections of three-dimensional landscape or architectural spaces. These vignettes articulate such contradictions as fortitude and fragility and erosion and durability and discrepancies between opposing forces such as fact and belief.
A visual artist , Mira Alcott produces combined media installations with sculpture, photography, drawing and video. Using common, everyday materials and low tech means of construction she creates installations that incorporate the viewer, personally and physically. To interpret multiple realities, inhabiting the realm of psychological experience, she uses animal, human, and anthropromorphic figures with both landscape and architectural spaces. Mira Alcott is a member artist at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in Manhattan where she develops artwork for both private and public venues. Her work has been shown in Philadelphia, New York and abroad. She has earned a Painting Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master degree of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Fine Art from Hunter College.