Since 2007, Mia Feuer’s practice has been fueled by an ongoing chain reaction of on site field research that lead to projects that in turn lead to further on site investigations. She is is interested in the post-natural landscape, visible sites where human interaction – be it personal, social, political, or financial – has altered or is in the process of rapidly changing the land, and thus our relationship to it. Her sculptural practice is driven by a causal sequence of explorative inquiries, prolific discoveries and fascinating collaborations. Her work makes connections between our intense material dependency and the accelerated environmental impact this creates. What started with a naive love affair of manipulating Styrofoam to build lightweight sculptures turned into almost a decade of exploring the environmental and socio-political implications of extracting fossil fuels from the Earth and engaging with damaged, marginalized, or threatened places.
“Perhaps the greatest appeal of Feuer’s work is its complete lack of cynicism, even in those cases where it is inspired by tear gas, polluted oceans or other dangerous scenarios. The artist’s biography indicates someone who has often been in contact with deep human suffering, yet the resulting art is not shrill or moralistic. Instead, one gets the sense of a balanced observer whose first reaction to disaster is transfiguration rather than the teaching of prosaic lessons.”
distinguished University Professor at the American University in Cairo