I'm an Ecuadorian-American mixed-media artist residing in Queens, NY. I create artwork using recycled household waste, either as inspiration or as materials in my artworks. I work primarily in painting, collage, and drawing. I use recycled materials in my artwork because it honors my upbringing. I learned from my grandparents how to be creative and maximize my resources to overcome necessity. I approach my household waste—like cardboard and plastic—the same way I was raised, by creating an environment that allows the humble materials to grow beyond their intended uses and possibilities.
In my painting series "Systems and Shapes," I use cardboard shapes created to protect objects when they are shipped. The cardboard shapes are the foundation to create the schema of the painting—sometimes directly tracing or projecting them on the canvas. My memories and imagination guide the color selection, texture, and overall composition. I work intuitively through a series of systems like scraping, masking, or reusing paint from other paintings. I like to honor the history of the work by showing traces of each decision I took on the surface of the image, and I integrate mistakes instead of erasing them.
Through my art, I synthesize an independent version of myself between my two cultural identities. I express my duality in my artwork by bringing multiple contradicting elements into balance. I make the familiar and the unfamiliar exist together in a new reality that can be welcoming and jarring. The results of this process are vibrant and richly textured surfaces full of patterns and marks.
Angela Miskis is an abstract artist based in Queens, NY. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 2013 with a degree in Visual and Critical Studies. Her honors include the Silas H. Rhodes scholarship (2011), the Visual and Critical Studies Scholarship (2013), which allowed her to study at the Leipzig International Art Programme (2014) in Leipzig, Germany as an artist in residence. Recently she was awarded a residency at ChaShaMa's ChaNorth International Artists Program (2019) in Pine Plains, NY.