The Linda A. Day Endowed Student Award
2019 Linda A. Day Endowed Student Award Recipient
Mirabel Wigon is a painter residing in Southern California. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Traditional Art from California State University, East Bay and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach. Her current work explores the urban landscape as a labyrinth. She seeks to create dialogue investigating the social dynamics of collective bodies within the spatial confines of urban city infrastructure. Her works have been featured in numerous group exhibitions in the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Southern California. Her recent work has been exhibited in Insights, at the University Art Museum, CSULB, and APLAY: Now Trending, at the Palos Verdes Art Center. Her awards include the Hayward Arts Council Award, CSU East Bay Portfolio Award, Linda A. Day Endowed Student Award and CSULB’s Provost Purchase Award.
I create narrative scenes emphasizing the active, ever changing cityscape to explore the psychological perception of time. I depict my typical paths throughout the city. The viewer sees this world through my point of view, becoming immersed in the environment as the urban wanderer. The multiple exposure quality evokes memory, shifting attentions, and compressions of temporal experience. These visual scenes allude to repetitive nature of life within a modern urban system. These endless streams of repetitions are reflections on the exuberance, contradiction, mundanity, and artifice of our mechanized society.
My current paintings emphasize the laborious painting process by exposing layers that have gone through an intricate and repetitive process where paint is continually squeegeed, scraped, excavated, and exposed. The color palette evokes an emotive quality indicative of the disruptive feeling and memory I associate with the urban environment. The overlapping planes create a visual experience which is indicative of time flow. It is through this process that the layers become coalesced on a single plane, the paintings designed so the viewer cannot pinpoint which layers came first. Here, memory and history are referenced through the visual repetition and fragmentation of overlapping figures in movement, both ambiguous and spectral. The city becomes an organism of its own, comprised of the ebb and flow of human systems.