Mya Kerner

About Mya Kerner, Seattle Artist

Mya Kerner was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. After completing her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Environmental Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MA, Mya traveled internationally, participating as a visiting artist, making connections, and forming a personal mythology. In 2013, she was awarded a yearlong residency at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL. There, among the industrial decay, Mya's compiled writings hinted at a desire to build her own reality. Now settled in Seattle, WA, Mya actively continues her art practice alongside her garden design business, working to entwine the studio, garden, and home. 

 

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Artist Statement

My studies in permaculture revealed a new way of perception. I notice geological disruptions, moments and parts within the landscape; together, these notes present a segmented image of the whole. When I look out to the mountains, I see scratched lines breaking through the slopes, while flecks of white dapple on eroded surfaces, recalling cooler seasons. Light moves across planes, marking time with stretched and shortened shadows and form denotes the flow of water through rocky slopes. I record by drawing and writing in attempt to capture these moments of vulnerability, leaving the rest in the haze of lost memories. My concern for humanity's precarious relationship with nature drives my exploration of the intricacies of terrain and the potential for balance through my material studies. 

Biography

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Mya Kerner completed her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Environmental Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD in 2011. Since then, Mya has worked as an artist in residence nationally at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Solsberry, Indiana and Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, and internationally as a visiting artist at Akademia Sztuk Pięknych in Gdańsk, Poland. She has shown her work in England, Canada, Poland, Latvia, and, here, in the United States. In 2016, Mya completed a Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. Settling in Seattle, WA, Mya actively continues her studio practice, partnering with designers in Seattle, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.