"I am alive in a moment when the world is breathing in oxygen and exhaling fear. There is a global war, a mass crisis of environment, a deeply felt sense of uncertainty, and through it all a new kind of faith is emerging."
Jemila MacEwan is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in New York. MacEwan was born in Scotland to Sufi parents, and immigrated to Australia as a child, where their upbringing intertwined scientific, mythological and spiritual ways of learning from the land. They continue to draw connections between people and place; material and culture; spirituality and experience. MacEwan’s work seeks out an empathetic approach to humanities destructive impulses. Their earthwork, sculpture and performance practice exists in intimate communication with the landscape. MacEwan participates in the process of constant change and exchange between culture and the natural world. In their recent works MacEwan inhabits the role of various forms of destruction of the natural world such as a meteorite, volcanoes, fault-lines and melting glaciers as a way to understand what it is to be human in the age of the Holocene Extinction. In their work, these phenomena act as a counterpoint to the conscious and unconscious impact that humans have on each-other and the planet.