Mariel Miranda

University Fellows Cohort Member, 2020-2021
MFA Student, Art
Portrait of Mariel Miranda
she, her, hers

Mariel is a Master of Fine Art student in the School of Art. She graduated with honors from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja in Tijuana, Mexico, with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She was born and raised in the Las Cumbres neighborhood of Tijuana, and her experience there informs her artistic work and research. Mariel’s interests include the visual and textual appropriation of archival materials, the history of images, their epistemic inscription, and their rhetorical narratives. In particular, she seeks to achieve a critical understanding of the complex socio-political frameworks that are deposited in image material, understood as sensitive devices of knowledge with massive power in the present. As a border artist, she encompasses multiple mediums and practices to explore, discuss, and disseminate her research; these include museum curatorship, essay writing, artist book production, interactive installation design, counter-cartographic travelling, and teaching. She has exhibited her work in more than 18 solo and group exhibitions. Her research and creative production have received multiple honors in Mexico and the United States, including the prestigious Beca Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo.