Mia Cross graduated from Boston University's College of Fine Arts in 2014, where she majored in painting and sculpture. Since completing her degree, Cross has participated in the Arts Letters,& Numbers residency in Averill Park, New York, and shown in a variety of galleries and museums, including the Danforth Museum of Art. 2016 has proved to be a tremendously fruitful year for Cross: she has received the Emerging Artist Award at the Danforth Art Annual; a Juror's Award for her work in Framework at the Arsenal Center for the Arts; and a Blanche E. Colman Grant for New England artists who demonstrate considerable talent. Later this year, Cross will participate as a Goetemann resident in the historic artist colony of Rocky Neck in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Currently, Cross works at her studio in Framingham, Massachusetts.
My recent paintings focus on figurative work and an exploration of the human face. I am fascinated by the challenge of portraying a person: their character, their mood, their subtle idiosyncrasies. I also enjoy the possibilities that come with depicting flesh. With such a range of hues, could there be a more exciting place than the skin that encircles an eye? It is in these moments that I push and create color relationships—sometimes harmonious, sometimes dissonant—stitching them all together like a quilt.
I practice a technique in which paint is layered, leaving hints of former stages within the finished painting. Whether it is keeping the first spontaneous mark, or allowing a small peek into a past pattern, I encourage the viewer to search for and gradually uncover the work's story. This notion grew out of my love for collecting vintage objects and clothing. I am intrigued by the stories that these mysterious objects have to tell. If we are lucky, sometimes clues are left behind. I hope to capture this sentiment in my work, that it has been places and taken on many forms. With time, it will reveal itself to you.