A R T I S T  S T A T E M E N T

Mia Riley is an emerging Canadian ceramic artist. Consistently drifting from one place or another - her work is about transience, identity, culture and landscapes. She is a graduate of the Alberta University for the Arts where she received the 2016 Board of Governor’s Award for Academic Excellence in Ceramics. Post graduation she completed two residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and interned at the Harvard Ceramics Program in Boston. Mostly recently she has been working and teaching at artsPlace in Canmore, AB.

Throughout 2020-21she has been living as a grateful uninvited guest on Treaty 6 territory in Amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (cree), on the banks of the North Saskatchewan river. Currently her practice is slow and is a combination of reflection, writing, drawing and ceramics.

Our historical lineage with the clay runs deep and has the

ability it to evoke thoughts on survival, ritual, time and culture. The wetness of a glaze, the traces of destruction in a shard or the intimate size of a cup illustrate this narrative. Using the motif of duality as the foothold for my practice, I am interested in how visual contrasts can create both tension and harmony for the viewer. The backdrop for these ideas is a specific use of porcelain and stoneware that evokes the concept of duality through various sensory and emotional levels.

My ceramic works are vestiges of moments and ideas, and turn the everyday into contemporary cultural relics.