Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, artist Miroslava K. Vomela immigrated to the U.S. with her parents in 1984 to escape communism. Through most of her childhood, money was precious, so she didn’t always have all the toys that she wanted. Instead, Miroslava made boxes into doll beds and even bigger boxes into doll houses; outside, she imagined the holes in tree trunks were houses for tiny people and the grassy areas in front of them were fenced-in gardens that she created from twigs, leaves, flowers, and other scavenged items. This re-imagination of materials and creative play learned in childhood are evident in most of her current artworks.
Miroslava is a self-taught artist who works in a variety of media. Pen and ink, acrylic, and hand cut magazine/catalog images are the mainstays of her most recent mixed media art. “I usually start a new work with a hand-cut piece that I find intriguing,” she says about her process. Sometimes a work starts with an abstract paper scrap, other times a photo in a magazine: “once I have an initial piece, I consider which colors and images work well together and add other media (acrylic paint, pen and ink, colored pencil, etc.) to create a harmonious color palette.” Miroslava’s work is often intricate with a lot of layers, textures, and detailed elements that are transformed from their original states when brought together. With each work, she continues to explore new ideas and different media, ever striving to find new and interesting combinations.