I am a New York city based artist, a Lucasfilm alumna and a former Star Wars artist. I work in traditional and digital mediums, and also teach digital and traditional art courses.
I create drawings ( mirenarhee.com ), animated and wearable work, installations ( xquisitecorpse.org ). Before moving to New York, I spent a decade as an artist in the Silicon Valley and am credited on blockbuster franchises like Star Wars, Iron Man, X-Men and Shrek.
Dimmerlight is about the image. I often photograph my own artwork, drawings, installations and performance. Other projects here are about personal stories and the pursuit of obsessions, a desire to capture a moment of the impermanent and the transient, and the flat plane which intersects between my focused view and the world. One of the projects on dimmerlight.com is a lifetime pursuit to untangle the mystery of the Japanese Zen Gardens. This project begun years ago as a strange urge and interest in Japanese Gardens which came out of nowhere and found me digging through library books in the dark ages of the pre-internet. Once I got to Japan I discovered Tokyo street fashion, was in a photographic lunacy stupor, experienced nirvana on the mats at the Tenryū-ji temple and blasted the walls of my worldview on the terrace at Ryoan-ji.
Another project I have pursued over many years is portraits of people. I love working with people from all walks of life and find relating to others the most rewarding aspect of what I do. I see the human being as the most interesting subject, there never was and never will be anything more perfect.
I once run Bay to Breakers 5K costumed race with my camera across the streets of San Francisco – it was a visual marathon through a collective illusion peppered by the costumed worries and anxieties of the day. In the fall of 2011 I photographed the Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park in New York city, focusing on the people in the park and their art. Several days later the NYPD raided the park and all was obliterated.
Often there are patterns and recurrences of abstract shapes in objects, sometimes I look at how objects compel different nuances of color as materials and surroundings change. Some kind of red, for example, started because of a red cup and a parking ticket collided on my desk.