Mia Greenwald

Mia is a farmer, an interdisciplinary artist, and an organizer, who works in fiber, ceramics, and multi-media as material and metaphor for ecological and physical embodiment. 

They are driven by interrogating and betraying whiteness, compost of all kinds, the joys of trans embodiment, and building relationships with kin: human, non-human, and land.

Mia’s work knit threads and questions of accountability, relationship to land and place, and the way those play out on the level of the body. 

The materials they use, such as fibers and ceramics, and the processes-- dying, glaze, and firing, offer ways to alter the substance at a chemical level—real and literal transformation. They are excited by the possibilities of interplay between the form and surface image. Both media have a history, connotation, and possible use as functional objects, and connote the body: in fiber, fabrics and woven structures connote skin, ceramics, bones, and wrinkles. 

“for now we want to be clear that [joy] is not the same thing as happiness. A joyful process of transformation might involve happiness, but it tends to entail a whole range of feelings at once: it might feel overwhelming, painful, dramatic, and world-shaking, or subtle and uncanny. Joy rarely feels comfortable or easy, because it transforms and reorients people and relationships. Rather than the desire to exploit, control, and direct others, it is resonant with emergent and collective capacities to do things, make things, undo painful habits, and nurture enabling ways of being together”

— Joyful Militancy, page 29, carla bergman and Nick Montgomery 

Education 

2020-2023

MFA, James Madison University

2010-2014

BA, Tufts University

Awards 

2022-2023

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship

2013

2012

Dehn Summer Research Scholarship

Dehn Summer Research Scholarship

Exhibitions 

Solo

2021

Burrow Gallery, Brooklyn NY

Group

2019-Ongoing

Group Exhibition, Queer Ecologies Hanky Project, The Future, Minneapolis MN, Women’s Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

2019

10x10, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville MD

Residencies

2022

Urban Soils Institute, Governor's Island, NY

2019

Keyholder Residency, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville MD

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