I believe the way in which we treat our resources and our ability to look at history from multiple points of view is a reflection of our societal values, and I see changes within the natural world as the harbinger of environmental decline. The landscapes and life forms depicted in my work are intended to reference the loss of connection many Americans have to cause and effect, in both the natural world and in our communities. In this consumer driven society it is easy to make choices based on short-term desires, without considering where past experiences have taken us or future consequences may lead. Advances in technology have shifted our sense of time, making instant gratification the norm. Working with detailed imagery in a variety of process-oriented mediums allows me the opportunity to slow down and be mindful in a world full of distractions. I enjoy exploring the seemingly prosaic aspects of my community to uncover narratives that reference the natural and social history of a place. Perhaps by retelling these narratives, we can begin to regain a connection to our surroundings.
Miyo Stevens-Gandara is a Los Angeles based artist working in a variety of media which include photography, drawing, embroidery, and various printmaking mediums. Her imagery explores issues of identity, feminism, culture, and environmental degradation. She received her BFA from the California College of the Arts, and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She has work in the collections of the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) and the Riverside Art Museum, and has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally. Miyo has a strong commitment to her community as part of her practice and has been involved in nonprofit arts outreach programs as a teacher and guest artist throughout her career. She currently teaches photography at Rio Hondo College.