MORAVIAN COLLEGE ART GALLERY
Excerpt from exhibition brochure essay
“PETER MIRAGLIA : PHOTOGRAPHS”
The photographs of Peter Miraglia are alive with graphic images of penetrating, expressive power; yet they project a remarkable sense of delicate intimacy. Given such tiltle as “Tearing Apart”, “Awareness”, “Refuge”, and “Healing”, his work explores the multi-leveled web of psychological complexity that is always present when two human beings interact. His life-long interest and involvement with the field of psychiatry has led him to focus his camera on interpersonal relationships, illuminating both the psychological dichotomies and the emotional ambivalence.
The subtle interactions between individuals portray a world of emotional complexity and narrative ambiguity. While each picture is a specific representation of particular individuals, they readily challenge the viewer to participate in the narrative and project their own experiences onto the photograph.
Clearly the work of Peter Miraglia reflects not only a graceful, compelling mastery of the photographic process, but a keen awareness of the emotional dissonance and passionate energies of the age.