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Artist Work

Zapantera Negra Embroidery
Still image from short film
Chasing the Beast

Artist Information

Howard County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

At age 22, Mia was hit by a truck. The accident took her to the Beyond, and her physical body returned “permanently disabled.” After six months of hospital rehabilitation, Mia returned to graduate school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to rehabilitate her “soul” through poetic acts that her intuition was telling her to complete using Psychomagic.     Psychomagic, a phrase coined by Alejandro Jodoroski in his book Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy, is “a healing path using the power of dreams, theater, poetry, and shamanism, and which shows how psychological realizations can cause true transformation when manifested by concrete poetic acts.”   While living in Mexico for over a decade, working and learning from the art of the Zapatistas, Mia became familiar with Mayan Shamanism and Cosmology, and connected her life-long supernatural experiences to this broader, and traditional, context.  She began creating deeply experimental and surreal artworks alongside communities and individuals as an elaborate strategy, “intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the person identifies in order to connect with a deeper self. That is when true transformation can manifest.”   Mia is quite interested in the aesthetic outcome to the work. She uses Psychomagic as a method to engage everyday people in co-authoring performances and becoming professional actors in their own created myths. When shown to an audience, the subsequent experimental installations and films can have the potency of therapy itself.  Her hope is that the work, although often abstract and absurd in nature, can speak the language of the unconscious, rather than rationality, to the masses.  Mia works throughout the world, with recent projects in Mexico, Palestine, India, and Cuba.

Artist Bio

Mia Eve, a Chicago native, is a multidisciplinary artist.  After receiving her Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009), she moved to Chiapas, Mexico where she co-founded EDELO (En Donde Era La Onu/ Where The United Nations Used To Be).  EDELO was a community art center and intercultural artist residency that behaved as a collaborative art laboratory for people coming from different sides of life. Mia co-directed the space for five years until its physical closing in 2014, at which point EDELO turned into EDELO Migrante.

Now a conceptual space, EDELO Migrante forms collectives of artistic collaboration with diverse communities; art that is for and from the people. Mia Eve specializes in social practice, community performance, sculpture, installation, video, painting and drawing.  She derives much of her inspiration from shamanic traditions that she has participated in from Mexico, Native American traditions, and Santeria from Cuba.  

Several highlights of her work have been: Through EDELO, she created a project Zapantera Negra, in collaboration with Emory Douglas, Rigo 23 and Caleb Duarte.  Zapantera Negra unites Zapatistas (EZLN) with Black Panther Party aesthetics to investigate the use of the body and visual culture in both distinct political and artistic movements. Mia Eve endured a Spinal Cord Injury in 2007, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.  Since then, she has created many artworks with people with different abilities throughout Mexico as well as in India and Palestine, empowering these communities within which she works.