Miranda Updike - Artist's Statement about her Crowd Paintings
This is a series of paintings on the subject of crowds. In our times of technology, there is little online substitute for a public gathering of bodies and souls uniting in a common cause. My paintings represent human bonding and interacting in a hi-tech era that tends to foster isolation. People joining together to share ideas, physical space and sentiments.
Many of my crowd paintings are viewed from an aerial perspective. I use photographic references to abstract the idea of human movement. I'm attracted to the decorative quality of clustered people or when they are haphazardly separated, like dropped gems, confetti or beads. There is loveliness to the accidental placement of people in the streets seen, say, from the fourteenth floor of a skyscraper--a littering of colored shapes and shadows, which move above asphalt and street lines, expressing a brand of contemporary splendor.