Whether the source of Miriam’s work lies in an ancient burial tomb or a domestic scene of washing hanging on a line, her finished paintings do not wish to bear the weight of these subjects. They merely seek to extract selected forms from them as a means for expression.
These carefully selected forms take on a new importance when taken out of their original environment and are placed on the painted canvas. In this intensely painted scene, they are the central characters.
There is a quiet delicacy to Miriam’s paintings. Each form appears fragile, hanging suspended by a single line. The use of the line against the heavily worked painted surface intensifies the vulnerability of these fragile forms. The image they create is beautiful and yet evokes a still sadness.