Dreamscaping Reality on MS Paint | An Interview with Miranda Lorikeet
Isolation, nightmares and uncomfortable feelings led Miranda Lorikeet, known as Lazybonesillustrations, to pour out her subconscious imagination into her artworks created through an uncommon medium: MS Paint. MiND-blowing and exotic, her drawings channel her inner fears, her own questions about reality, and this bitter happiness of being alone.
Everything started when Miranda got a job in Sydney, her hometown, and she had to face loneliness and isolation. Trying to escape reality, she started to draw random pictures that sucked her into a vortex of colors, surrealism and self-expression.
“When I draw them, I’m just hoping to project whatever emotion I’m feeling at the time.”
MS Paint is what helps her representing her own reality: “I didn’t really choose it, it was just sort of there. I wanted to start making digital art but I didn’t know how to use Photoshop and I had very little patience to learn it. I had used MS Paint when I was a kid so I already knew how to use it. I continued using MS Paint because it is the most accessible drawing software, it’s installed on most computers worldwide. If I ever use a computer at the airport, the library, or a friend’s house I know MS Paint will be on it. I wanted to show people that it is not about the tools you have, but how you use them. MS Paint is very difficult to work with, it’s an incredibly outdated software. I love the challenge that comes with using such an archaic program, you have to think outside the box and find different ways to draw. It’s like a problem solving puzzle.”
Inspiration plays an important role in her life: “I am heavily inspired by themes from 1920s surrealist painters like Magritte and Dali, but when it comes to color and composition I draw a lot from 1970s cartoonists like John Wesley and Guy Billout or even Pipiloti Rist that is a Swiss audio-visual artist.”
The vibes she wants to give to her paintings are either nightmarish or dreamlike. If she wants to let a fear go, her drawings are her safe harbor. Her mother’s artistic influence and appreciation of Matisse and Picasso helped in creating an environment filled with childlike colors and shapes.
Playing with the idea of being happy alone, she tries to transmit that feeling through her paintings. In particular, when it comes to the experiences she wants her viewers to have while looking at her works, she says, “I would like for people to feel a sense of calm wash over them when they view my work, like drinking a big glass of cold water.”
Setting herself free she drew her favorite piece – Poolside Views. We start to float on the surface of a dream that was deeper than what it seemed. At a first sight you see a girl standing in a pool. But then the loneliness and distance are the feelings that emerged. They are represented through shining pink shades that give us a sense of fantasy. “The painting”, she says, “is one of the first drawings I ever created on MS Paint. It is a drawing about how it feels when you are at a loud party and you go outside for a bit to be alone, you can still hear the hum of the party in the distance but for this moment you are totally alone. It was a drawing that came to me naturally, no planning or sketching beforehand”.
Art plays an important role in both life and retail. In fact, Miranda believes “art shapes how we think and feel about certain issues” and so, when it comes to her opinion about the connection that art has with the retail industry, her words express overlap and inclusiveness.
“It’s all just one big melting pot of ‘in colors’, trends and themes, in fact, the colors that you see on the runway this Summer will be the same colors you see in the paintings and sculptures that same year.”
Believing in art as something for the single individual, she says “good art is the distilled essence of the person who made.” It has to feel like the person who made it and Miranda likes it when the goal of the artist is clear, but every single art is special in its own way. Especially nowadays, when internet completely changed the reach of the artworks and the creation itself. “Art is more accessible” and thanks to the internet there is a “better place to understand the art and get to know the artist”.
With a very simple but positive attitude toward life, she keeps going, embracing whatever life gives her: “Smile, travel, be nice to people, do what makes you happy. Read a good book every now and then and make the most of your life.”
To accentuate her eccentric character and personal reality, when it comes to the best advice she has ever been given, the answer is for you to decode.
“Don’t store basil in the fridge, basil does better at room temperature. Trim the stems and place them in a jar of water, just like cut flowers. Loosely cover it with a plastic bag and leave it on the counter.”