Selected works by Mia Feuer

Mia Feuer
Jerusalem Donkey


Papier-mâché, pigments, rope

177.8 x 101.6 x 30.48 cm

Jerusalem Donkey is the result of a series of workshops with Palestinian children. Feuer observed that at various roadblocks in the region it was forbidden for Palestinians to drive motor vehicles. To get around these draconian rules locals used donkeys. The sculpture is an homage to these creatures. Incredibly in 2006 a sinkhole opened up beneath the artist’s storage, swallowing over 60 of the sculptures, the one on display here is a re-creation.

Mia Feuer
Dog Sled


Tar paper found outside of an abandoned Arctic coal mine, petroleum trash collected form the Arctic Sea and from the shores of Arctic Fjords, built on the deck of a three masted tall ship while sailing the Arctic Ocean during the season of the Midnight Sun

4' x 7.5' x 2.5'

The work Dog Sled came after a period of research on the Canadian tar sands and Arctic coal mines. Built in the Arctic environment itself after conversing with her guide about the relative difference between traditional dog-pulled sledge and new snowmobiles, Dog Sled is constructed out of petroleum waste, which when displayed outside the Arctic itself begins to sag as the constituent pieces variously thaw. In this she positions herself as an artist who believes passionately in the transformative potential of art; It is important for contemporary artists to create work that provokes dialogue, asks questions and responds to the times in which they live. Finding herself a part of what has been termed the Anthropocene – a time in the earth’s history in which human actions shape the planet – her work has explicit ties to the impact of our actions upon our environment. 

© Natasha Hoare, 2015


Nov 2013, By Brad Mckee, Landscape Architecture Magazine

Over at Washington City Paper, Kriston Capps has a terrific profile of the artist Mia Feuer and the making of her new show, Mia Feuer: An Unkindness, which opens tomorrow at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. Feuer makes art inspired by the ruined landscapes of oil production she has visited around Alberta’s tar sands and mining sites in the Arctic. Among the installations is a skating rink built with petroleum products, on which one visitor at a time can skate. “I always in the back of my mind assumed that somebody somewhere was cleaning this up. I just always thought someone had a plan,” Feuer says.