First Millennium is an auto biographical series of the working class. Miza’s work explores identity, inter-sectional feminism, loss, LA, and confusion.
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Ellie Miza grew up in now gentrified Echo Park/ Silver Lake in LA. She’s been making visuals since she was a kid. Miza started making more net art around 3-4 years ago regularly during a really difficult period of her life. She work across a variety of digital platforms, making gifs, interactive pieces. Check out personal website.
I am a Latina artist whose work relates to a story I feel needs to be told for women of all Ethnicity. I was born in Nicaragua and I am living in Miami and my pieces deal with the Identity of the people from their societies and cultures. My major influence for my art is based on my past as an immigrant to the US during the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua and growing up with split identities from Latino culture and American culture.
I further focus on the roles of women within their societies and I illustrate headdresses on the women in all of my pieces to signify their importance and the way one identifies themselves as wearing abstract crowns.
I often use Lotus plants, trees and catrinas as a motif in my work, I believe these can all have a symbolic meaning of growth and wisdom. For example, the Lotus must grow from the mud at the bottom of a lake and struggle to reach the warmth of the sun. Trees must endure changing of the season year after year to achieve maturity and survival. I believe death is another form of growth whether in an emotional, spiritual or physical sense. Emotionally, to move forward we must let go – a part of us must be allowed to die, to mourn and to progress forward. Physically, death is a friend to all. Death makes no distinction between beauty, social status or infamy. My work exemplifies this by my use of the catrina’s simple features to remind us that we are all mortal, to remind me to see life and death before me as a gift. With this gift, I learn more about myself and my technique, slowing releasing what I have started with, allowing this part of me to cease to exist for a deeper wisdom that life always offers.