Seattle artist Mya Kerner’s landscape paintings are rooted in ancestral history, storytelling and ecological concerns. Her imagery captures the rugged terrain of the wilderness, yet are rendered with a tender, gentle sensibility. Voids are filled in soft pastels and delicate lines, creating the beginnings of stories, leaving the viewer to complete the narrative with their own experiences.
“The final image is a process of abstraction,” says Kerner. “I am mostly interested in capturing the memory of the experience, which includes the energy of the landscape.”
“I want my work to remind people that nature is within us as well. We all have our feet on the same earth.”
Kerner received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Environmental Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD). From 2011 to 2014, Mya worked primarily in cast metal sculpture at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum (Solsberry, IN), Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (Gdańsk, Poland), and Sloss Metal Arts (Birmingham, AL).
She now maintains a full-time studio practice, investigating memory and place by integrating her study of Earth-based traditions. Her visual art oscillates between two- and three-dimensions, as she explores ancestry, storytelling, and ecological concern through depictions of the landscape.