Jemila MacEwan

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Casa, 2015, Performance, Oaxaca, Mexico
Fracture-Lines Volcano, 2016, Wood-fired stoneware
Human Meteorite (rendering), 2017, Endurance performance, California
This Place, 2015, Digital C-Print, Xilitla, Mexico.
Maiden Grass Voyage, 2013, Endurance performance, Manhattan, NYC
Artist's Statement

My own human survival is connected to the survival of my art practice. This is not about basic survival but a spiritual survival. How does making art stop me from being dead before I am dead? This question alerts me to the conflicts present in humanity and culture.
To negotiate our collective cultural terrain, I adopt multiple disciplines; sculpture, performance, video, and painting. I approach each media as a method for metaphysical and material transformation; transformation is an elemental part of all existence, and the trajectory of that transformation can be altered by conscious intention. I conjure forms that evoke processes of transformation – volcanoes, ghosts, cocoons and human/plant hybrids. In my practice, I contemplate the transformation of material and form as a collaboration between myself and elemental forces. I allow all of my work to become vulnerable to external forces and processes which remain mysterious to me.


MacEwan received a Master of Contemporary Art at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Their work has been exhibited at The Australian Consulate-General (NYC), Pioneer Works (NYC), Victori +MO (NYC), The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC), Governor's Island Art Fair (NYC), The Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), Gertrude Street Projection Festival (Australia), and Arquetopia (Mexico). MacEwan received a two-year mentorship under Janine Antoni. They have been generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Salem Art Works, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, the Ian Potter Cultural Council and the Graduate Women of Victoria.