Through a diverse body of work spanning multiple mediums and themes, Mia Cross explores color, the human figure, and narrative. Her oil paintings, and in particular her portraiture, demonstrate a fixed fascination with pattern and skin. When
painting, Cross pays special care to creating engaging color relationships, sometimes harmonious and sometimes dissonant. Cross stitches her colors together like a quilt, often laying them down with a palette knife and leaving them untouched for the remainder of the painting process. Her recent work explores where the figure begins and ends when immersed in its surroundings. Often her titles provide insight to the story she envisioned, as demonstrated by “The Girl Who Sat on the Couch Too Long.”
Mia Cross launched her career in 2014, following her graduation from Boston University with a double major in Painting and Sculpture. In 2016 she received the “Emerging Artist Award” presented by the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA. Cross has been the recipient of multiple grants, including the Blanche Colman Grant and a Mass MoCa Match Grant. She has also participated in several artist residencies in the past few years, spending several weeks in 2017 at the Vermont Studio Center through a Boston University alumni grant, and a month in 2016 as an artist in residence at the Goetemann Residency at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibits throughout New England. Currently, Cross’ 140-foot mural, “We the People II,” brightens the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston MA. Cross is a member of Fountain Street Gallery in Boston and recently moved into a studio at 450 Harrison Ave in the SoWa art district. To follow her day-to-day work, visit her on Instagram, @miaxart, or visit her website at miacross.com.
- Julie Barry, Director of Community Arts, Cambridge Arts
- Kim Alemian, President, N.A.W.A. MA Chapter and Graphic Designer/Webmaster, South Shore Art Center
- Michele L'Heureux, Director & Curator of the Galleries, Montserrat Gallery