PUNTO IN ARIA: A REPAIRING MEND
OCTOBER 7 - NOVEMBER 13

  • Opening Reception / Meet the Artist: Friday, October 7 / 5-8pm
  • Free and open to the public
  • Opening Reception coincides with Art Round Town*


Part archive, part installation, and part storytelling, Punto in Aria: A Repairing Mend is a deeply engaging and site-specific installation that invites the viewer not only to stay a while, but to return and witness changes throughout the show. Patricia Miranda’s deep dive into the traditional art of lace making, combined with her vision for upcycling and reimagining her source material, has coalesced into something entirely fresh and collaborative.

Artist Statement:

My work is grounded in historic material practices, rituals of grief and mourning, and the intimacy of textile in women’s lives. I work with donated repurposed lace and linens in site responsive installations. The labor of care by women is present through mending, remembering, collecting, preserving. The lace is alternately hand-dyed with natural dyes and sewn into shroud-like tapestries and installations, then layered with objects of lamentation, ex-votos, reliquaries, and other ritualized forms traditionally offered to saints in request, gratitude, or devotion.

Recent projects began with family lace from my grandmothers, Emenegilda and Rebecca, and grew to include donations of lace sent from around the world. The donations, initially unsolicited, started in March of 2020 during the pandemic and continue to arrive at my doorstep today. Alongside the artworks, this has grown into an ongoing research project, The Lace Archive, an historical community archive of donated lace works and family histories. The Archive is currently comprised of thousands of pieces of lace, with as many yet to be documented. The textiles are often accompanied by stories of the family and the maker, and include antique, vintage, new, hand and machine-made lace in animal, vegetable and synthetic fibers. Each piece of lace is photographed, measured, and alongside the notes and letters, collected in the archive before being used in a work. The community is invited to participate in the ongoing dyeing and sewing of the works. The care and generosity people have shared through their donations is instrumental to the work, through intimate stories about the lace, the makers, the family who preserved it, and the desire for it to live on in the archive and in the work. The repurposed bio-degradable materials allow for monumental site-responsive works with a small ecological footprint. The dyes reflect complex histories; ancient, native, and invasive colors including mineral clay, oak gall wasp nests, and cochineal insects. The femininity of the lace exerts a trace of domestic labor; the visceral dyes retain a stain of their environmental origins. These materials act as witnesses, carriers of scientific, ecological and cultural histories in the work.

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Patricia Miranda bio:

Patricia Miranda is an artist, curator, educator, and founder of the artist-run orgs The Crit Lab and MAPSpace, where she developed residencies in NY and in Italy. In 2021 she founded the Lace Archive, an historical and community archive of thousands of donated lace works and family histories. She has been awarded residencies at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, I-Park, Weir Farm, Vermont Studio Center, and Julio Valdez Printmaking Studio, and been Visiting Artist at Vermont Studio Center, the Heckscher Museum, and University of Utah. She received grants from Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (2021); two artist grants from ArtsWestchester/ New York State Council on the Arts (2014/21); an Anonymous Was a Woman Covid19 Relief Grant (2021), and was part of a year-long NEA grant working with homeless youth (2004-5).

Miranda has developed education programs for K-12, museums, and institutions, including Franklin Furnace, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution. She is a noted expert on the history and use of natural dyes and pigments, and teaches about environmentally sustainable art practices. Miranda currently teaches studio art and professional practice in undergrad and grad programs at Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, and Massachusetts College of Art. As faculty at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (2005-19) she led the first study abroad program in Prato, Italy (2017).

Her work has been exhibited at Jane Street Art Center, Garrison Art Center (Hudson Valley, NY) ODETTA Gallery, Williamsburg Art+Historical Center, The Clemente Center, ABC No Rio, and Wave Hill (NYC); The Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at UConn Avery Point, (Groton, CT); the Cape Museum of Fine Art, (Cape Cod MA); and the Belvedere Museum, (Vienna Austria). Her solo exhibition at Garrison Art Center (2021) was featured in the Brooklyn Rail.


*Art 'Round Town is a gallery walk in Portsmouth on the first Friday of each month.

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Generously supported by:



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3S Artspace is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

3S Artspace is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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