About

Miranda Moss is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Cape Town whose practice toys with the representation of Nature as a pure and extra-cultural phenomenon. Largely preoccupied with tensions around artificial / natural, the land is used as a medium to explore how personal, political, economic and visual value structures are projected onto exterior environments. When not conducting “research”, she often employs a process that could be described as techno-alchemy; her works combining sublime, magical elements with everyday, banal ones by frequently incorporating found objects, recycled, accessible technologies, and ephemeral, natural processes.

Her practice has become increasingly interdisciplinary, and has seen her collaborate with scientists, engineers, designers and mechatronic artists in recent years. She has exhibited extensively in South Africa, as well as at La Gaite Lyrique in Paris,Kikk festival, Belgium, Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam, Woelab in Togo and la Companie in Marseille. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Pro Helvetia / Artists-in-Labs residency in Zurich, where she was stationed in a phytopathology laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow, Forest and Landscape. 2018 saw her first participation in the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA).

EDUCATION

2012   Bachelor of Art in Fine Art, Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town, with a distinction in sculpture.

AWARDS + RESIDENCIES

2018   Nominated for the Cinekid Golden Lion award
2017    // 2 Weeks, Floating Reverie Online Digital Residency.
2017    Pro Helvetia Studio Residency / Artists-in-Labs Residency at the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow, Forest and Landscape (WSL) / Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ( ZHDK ), Zürich.
2012    The Michaelis Prize for top graduate exhibition
2012    Simon Gerson Award for outstanding graduate exhibition
2009    University of Cape Town Entrance Scholarship for outstanding application
2009 – 2012 Dean’s Merit List, University of Cape Town.
2007    MTN Young Artists Award

 

SOLO EXHIBITION

2014   The Nature of Stuff and Things, Brundyn +, Cape Town

SELECTED PROJECTS AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

– Spier Light Art Festival, Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch.
– Life Hacking, as part of ISEA 2018 (the International Symposium on Electronic Art), KZNSA Gallery, Durban
– The Timid Wilderness, with artificial intelligence developed by Martin Wilson, an installation co-commissioned by La Gaîté Lyrique, Cinekid, KiKK Festival and WoeLab as part of the cooperation project ‘Les Voyages de Capitaine futur’ co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. (Paris / Amsterdam / Namur / Lome, 2018-2019)
– The Age of Innocence, KKNK Festival, Outdshoorn
– Adjective Booth, Cape Town Art Fair
– Post Digital, an exhibition by Floating Reverie, Kalashnikov Gallery, Johannesburg

2017

The Land of Milk and Honey Fungus, (a solo project) ZHDK, Zurich
– Afterword; The Last Show, Blank Projects, Cape Town
– Lady Garden, Cavalli Gallery, Cape Town
– Adjective Booth, Cape Town Art Fair
– The Window, Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Cape Town

2016

– If I’d Realised Paradise Was A Paddle Pool I Would’ve Left My Lifejacket At Home, Open Dialog Box, Cape Town. In collaboration with writer Marc Ricard.
– Sorry, please try again, Palms Centre, Cape Town
– Nothing Personal, SMAC gallery, Stellenbosch
– From Whence They Came, SMITH gallery, Cape Town
– Alma Martha Booth, Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm
– Falling into One Another, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town
– Paradigm Lost, an installation at Blank Lab, Cape Town
– Barclay’s L’atelier award regional selection exhibition, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town

2015

– They made art and put it in a space…. You’ll never guess what happens next! Alma Martha Project Space, Cape Town
– Barclay’s L’atelier Award Top 100 Exhibition, ABSA Towers, Johannesburg
– Barclay’s L’atelier award regional selection exhibition, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town
– Hacke Le Pac ( in collaboration with Chris van Eeden), Asile 404, Marseille
– La Carte Postale Revisitee, curated by Caroline Hancock and Paul-Emmanuel Odin, La Compagnie, Marseille. Part of Printemps de l’Art Contemporain “Destination Mars”, Marseille.
– Motherless in Collaboration with Chris van Eeden, Geert Oliver and Francois Knoetze, Alma Martha Project Space, Cape Town.
– Proposal in Collaboration with Chris van Eeden, Jnr, Cape Town.

2014

– Do It in collaboration with Ed Young, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town. Curated and conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist
– Contemporary Salon on the Rocks, Rooi Els. Curated by Grizelda Hall, Chris van Eeden and Miranda Moss.
– Cubicle 2, Part of the exhibition Movement at Fairweather House, Cape Town. Curated by Rose Mudge and James King
– Cubicle, part of Infecting The City Festival, Cape Town. Curated by Rose Mudge and James King.
– Bazaar 3, Atlantic House, Cape Town. Curated by Matty Roodt.
– Bring Your Own Beamer ( BYOB), a Rafael Rozendaal project, Brundyn + , Cape Town.

2013

– Big Hole, The Kimberley Hotel, Cape Town.
– Cape Town Art Fair, Brundyn + Booth, The Lookout, Cape Town
– FNB Joburg Art Fair, Brundyn + booth, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
– This is What, Evil Son, Cape Town. Curated by Kerry Chaloner.
– in-, Brundyn + Gonsalves, Cape Town.

2012

– Mistakes, 50 Canterbury Street, Cape Town. Curated by Chris van Eeden and Kerry Chaloner.
– Ephemerology, (graduate exhibition) Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town.

2011

– Masiphumilele Sculpture Project, Cape Town