Mia was born in the mountains, and now lives by the sea (b. 1988, Canada). Her practice spans the disciplines of contemporary art and design research, both intertwining and obscuring these expansive, complex and vibrant landscapes. Having an intimate relationship with the natural environment is a key factor underpinning her work, at times, seemingly paradoxically woven with the colourful appropriation of found, lost or discarded remnants. Graduating 2014 (Emily Carr University of Art + Design) with a bachelors of Industrial Design, studying systems of production and consumption has acted as a catalyst for considering the potential within contemporary culture for alternative modes of collaboration and exchange.
Embedded in the notions of adaptability, flexible structures of value, Mia's work speaks to creative and cultural diversities, celebrating the often contradictory nature of differing value systems and the expansive pluralism that characterizes contemporary life. Tactics of action and non-action are applied as investigations into an over-arching narrative: Syntony + The Social, exploring the (and/also) simultaneous poetics of intimacy and amplitude, myth and memory, body and landscape, reciprocity and exchange within local and global contexts.
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In 2016 Mia was awarded two residencies, SSNAP AiR (Saltspring National Art Prize) in Canada and TAC AIR (Textile Arts Center) in Brooklyn, New York, exhibiting in Vancouver, Saltspring Island and New York City in 2017. Mia was selected as one of 30 national finalists to exhibit in the 2017 SSNAP Biennial.
Currently, Mia lives in a remote community on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, where intentions/ actions are traversing An Ethical Art; A Social Space: the embracing of chaos, impermeability, and an openness to knowledge and meaning (precarious syntony; amplified empathy; speculative object).