Biography

I am a British Catalan artist. I was born and grew up in England where I studied Design at Goldsmiths College, University of London, before moving to live in Barcelona in 2005. In 2011, I completed a three-year Masters in Art Therapy at Metáfora Art Therapy Studies Centre, affiliated with the University of Barcelona. This, together with being a mother of two young children, has served as inspiration for my artistic work. I have run workshops at Metáfora about my artistic process. My work draws on the concept of inner worlds and my art therapy training.

Info

Born in UK, 1982
Lives and works in Manlleu, Barcelona, Spain
E-mail: info@mireiatysoe.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mireiatysoe
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Statement

My artwork consists of sculpture, painting, installation and collage. Many of my pieces make recurrent reference to the human body, above all the female figure,  through organic forms and suggestive imagery. Abstract allusions to the human body; breasts, vaginas, uteruses and skin, can be insinuated in the shapes and curves of my paintings and sculptures. These references do not dominate the works, but rather are suggestive and delicate elements.

Much of what I do stems from the concept of relationships; how, from our different realities, we understand and live with the other, with ourselves and with the world around us. My series ‘The Wound’ and ‘Skin’ emphasise our natural limits, our skin, the dividing line between our inner selves and everything else. They represent our intimate space and the connection established between inside and outside.  

The early mother-infant relationship also permeates a lot of my work; concepts like secure attachment, differentiation, protection and overprotection, and repression. These are themes that form some of the fundamental pillars of our personalities and which determine our future selves and relationship with the world. My work depicts the sensations and feelings that arise from these themes.

 

 

Art therapy

I periodically give workshops and presentations about my creative process at different centres and events, both in Spain and outside, including: Metafora, Art Therapy Studies Centre in Barcelona, the Manlleu Galeria d’Art contemporary art exhibition and the International Conference of Art Therapy at Queen Mary University, London (presenting a paper titled, ‘The Artist in the Art Therapist; a Journey of Personal Discovery’). For more information please contact info@mireiatysoe.com.