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Maladaptive Environments: Eerie and Engaging Artworks Exploring Childhood Trauma

Nightmares, broken dishes, blanket forts, and misplaced nostalgia fuel the imagery in Makayla Miracle’s upcoming senior exhibition, Maladaptive Environments. The sculpture, installation, and performance art allow viewers a glimpse of the tumultuous emotions of children faced with unstable or abusive domestic environments.

An opening reception, accompanied by a live performance by the artist, will be held at 4 PM on Tuesday, May 14, located at Gallery 231, in Randall Hall, on the campus of Central Washington University. The Exhibit will run through May 17.

“As a child I loved playing dress-up with costumes put together from scraps found in thrift stores.” Miracle explains. “I make my own clothes for my performances. My interest in performative work is a continuation of the escape I felt playing pretend.”

Miracle was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, where they graduated from Spokane Falls Community College before attending CWU. Their work utilizes the duality between fragility and brutality to reflect the precarious shift between stable and unstable mental states. The end result is work that is conceptually unnerving, yet visually engaging.

You may see more of Miracle’s work at They can also be found on Instagram at miracle.studioart.

Randall Hall, 44444 E. Dean Nicholson Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided at the opening. Parking is free after 4:30 PM in the CWU parking lots, and on weekends, except in specially marked spaces and residence hall lots.

Media Contact:

Makayla Miracle | | 509 251 9143 |

Image information: Imitate (Preview of Performance), 2019





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