Although Mirjam prefers silence and inner stillness, she is still fascinated by the look of letters and the beauty of the written language. She loves to use poetry and mantras, excerpts from sacred texts or her own writings and poems in her paintings. It feels for her as if she is impregnating the canvas with the deeper meaning beyond the words. It is less important for Mirjam that one can precisely read the text - it is more about the viewer diving deeply into the painting and allowing its meaning to speak directly to the heart without the constraints of the linear thinking mind.
Every painting begins with a deep meditation that lasts for days until she feels drawn to paint. This meditative state continues until the painting is complete, which can take weeks or months. Each painting consists of up to 30 to 40 layers of thin glazings in order to create depth and transparency. Mirjam works mainly on canvas with acrylics but also uses different materials and fibres she collects on her walks through the untamed raw nature of Western Australia. Her work can be seen as an attempt to bring back the sacred - the mystery - into a world - devoid of mystery.