International Studio Programme : June - September 2007

Helen Mirra


Helen Mirra Käuzchensteig / D 2006 shipping pallets, milk paint 30 x 120 x 80cm Courtesy the artist

Helen Mirra (b.1970) is an artist whose work occurs in varied scrap media, and engages structural and conceptual logics. Mirra engages quite directly in relation to poetry, but her interest is as much in the metrical as in the lyrical. This metricality, even percussiveness, inflects her work which is informed by anxieties related to the conflicting ecologies of the modern world. Within the various forms in which she operates, there is always a source material upon which decisions are made. Recent projects include Instance the Determination, which indexes works by John Dewey and Jane Addams, at the University of Chicago, Cloud, the, 3, published by JRP Ringier/Christoph Keller Editions in 2007, as well as solo shows at Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe; Peter Freeman, New York; Galerie Nelson, Paris; Dallas Art Museum; Berkeley Art Museum and the Whitney Museum, New York. Mirra completed her MFA at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1996, and has received awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Artadia: the Fund for Art and Dialogue. Mirra was a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm in 2005-06, and teaches at Harvard University.