Artist Miranda Makaroff Creates Good Vibes On The Internet And IRL
Meet Miranda Makaroff: she's a visual artist with sick personal style, as well as a DJ, actor and designer. Currently based in Madrid, Miranda makes hyper-colourful paintings and sculptures that we really dig, while her cute/kitsch outfits are like Alessandro Michele's Gucci IRL.
We caught up with Miranda to talk about erotic drawings, fashion versus art, and being yourself on the internet.
Rafael Martinez: How did your interest in art begin?
Miranda Makaroff: I've been lucky to have artistic parents, who were in charge of my art and creative life. My father, the Argentinean singer Sergio Makaroff, left his country when he was 18 and he's always been very free and a rebel. I've spent my whole life listening to him sing with the guitar at home and he would always play his records of really good music he found. My mother, a Spanish designer, is my source of inspiration; I love the way she understands beauty, so delicately and sophisticatedly. She's a magical person. I'm pretty grateful for my parents.
Is there any reason why you have focused on painting? And at what point did you decide it to be part of your life?
When I was eight years old I used to walk in my mother's runway shows, and unknowingly I have always been submerged in the fashion world. From my mother's point of view, fashion is something pure because she lives it and focuses on it. But lately, fashion has lost that innocence and has become something for the masses, something cheap and low quality. I think art is poisoned in general now and I think that painting is more sincere. You don't need a pretty face or have to please anyone with your appearance. Painting makes me travel to other worlds without even paying for a plane ticket!
How would you describe your work, aesthetic and the topics you handle?
Artistically talking, I really like the abstract, surrealism and geometry. I love combining colours and forms, and the ones that give me visual pleasure. I think I'm very visual. I'm impulsive and live art in the form of vomit. I'm always saying you have to vomit it, let it out from the unconsciousness. Sometimes you can get surprised by it. Whenever I am drawing, it comes out as orgies and sex or nudity. I don't know if I'm very sexual or I find that even just a penis is pure art! The shape of the breasts is harmony.
What are the differences between the artistic environments in Spain and LA? How has your work been influenced by these two cities?
Obviously when someone lives in a city long enough, it ends up being boring and you see the worst side of it. I think I'm restless and I like to see new things all the time. Spain is awesome — the best thing is the people. I haven't found more genuine people like the Spanish, we're real, and we're in touch with our feelings and honest and straightforward.
Los Angeles is my favourite city, I love the freedom of people, for example, the way they dress inspires me. They're free, they dress up, they speak as if they have known each other for their entire lives, it's really fun. Obviously, I know that America is all bullshit and that people are a bit robotic but when I was there I had so muuuuuch fun because I had my Spanish mafia! I want to come back very soon — the palm trees, the weather, the neighbourhoods with beautiful houses, and the light... everything's magical.
Do you think fashion and art go hand and hand?
Yes, in my opinion art is expressed all the time. Each of us live in our own way but the way I dress is to continuously express myself. The way I dress is like I'm painting a picture, everything is linked.
Has your way of life been influenced by social media?
Totally. It's strong to put it this way but "the internet saved my life". Thanks to social media, I've had a lot of work, I've travelled the world and I've met incredible people. At first, when there wasn't such a thing as being blogger, it was really cool because it was something very new and suddenly our lives were changed. One day I was in Milan, the other day in NY working with major fashion brands, hotels, free clothing, and a great life. What really happens is that you have to pay a price, which is doing things that you don't like, advertising products that are not your style and being ridiculous many times.
I never say that I'm a blogger because that word sucks to me and because nowadays everyone is already a blogger. And truthfully, I don't find anyone interesting from that world. My friends are a bit more punk, introverted artists and with an interesting inner world. I'm still working on this, but I try to do it in my own humorous and ironical way, making fun of myself and of this little world because if you take it too seriously it doesn't make much sense. Fashion is something to laugh at and be absurd about. But there's one thing I do a lot, which is telling God how thankful I am for everything that he gives me. The truth is that sometimes I trip on the fact that I'm really grateful, I think he really takes care of me and I thank him telepathically.
What do you think of trolls and how do you deal with negative comments?
Such a good question! I have a lot to say about this. OK, after being so exposed on the internet I have learned a lot. Unfortunately, in life you learn to suffer. My lesson has been to respect everyone, to create good energy, and never ever say anything bad about anyone in public. People think that by being exposed, they can say cruel and horrible comments as if people didn't have feelings. Like, if you see something you don't really like, the first thing you have to do is to talk about it with a close friend but never in public. Because that means you don't care about other people's feelings and the suffering they go through when they read it. Hurting people is not cool, it's rude and vulgar... I think it's only OK to criticise corrupt politics, war and the horror that causes in the world, but not art, music or anything done with a good purpose. Sometimes it seems that people are waiting for you to hang something just to say something bad about it, and I'm like, "Dude, enjoy, don't complain!"
When people say bad things about me, I block without even blinking. My Instagram account is my own world, and I decide that my world has good vibes; I don't care if it's fair or not. The only type of people that I welcome are positive, that say good things or even the ones that don't say bad things, because I don't like to be mistreated or hurt. We're not made of stone, we have feelings and if they're so ill-mannered that they don't even consider it, then I have to say ciao! The world is a jungle full of craaazy people; you have to please love and support each other. What is more important than love? NOTHING.
Do you feel any type of pressure caused by social networks?
A lot, but it's decreasing because I've noticed that people [who like my art] are a minority. My art or whatever I do is not for the masses nor do I ever want to do so. I think less is more. The more I am like myself the less likes I get, but at least I'm being honest with myself and more real. It's very typical to upload pictures of you looking pretty, but showing a more interesting side of you, that doesn't really attract people. This is if I generalise; obviously there are thousands of exceptions. I prefer another type of life, and I have other kinds of interests, but sometimes you feel the social pressure to be something you're not and then you're sad. But suddenly, you tell yourself, "I don't want to be like this, I want to be myself and if people don't like it, then so be it."
What are your plans for 2016?
My plans are to paint and do creative things, and go to yoga retreats. And to love my friends and my family and my boyfriend Pascal, who is the best in the world (he's truly the best) and that's it. I don't want great things, only to keep being this happy surrounded by wonderful and super talented people who inspire me every day and who I learn from. I'd love to get away from the big cities and do yoga in the middle of a storm with lightning and thunder, being in touch with the higher energy. And help others!
This interview has been translated from Spanish.
Photography: Rafael Martinez
Assistant: Ivanna Hernandez