S.M. earned a master’s degree in Environmental Art at the University of Art & Design Helsinki (now Aalto University) in 2008, however she considers her experiential education, gained by living and working at Arcosanti, the Chinati Foundation, Earthship Biotecture, and other aesthetic outposts just as important. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and has been awarded close to two dozen artist residencies throughout North America, including opportunities at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and with Signal Fire. Born in San Francisco and raised in a nondescript Philadelphia suburb, she has been based in Houston since 2013, where she maintains a studio at Box13.
Susannah Mira creates objects and installations from commercial sidestream, transforming piles of unwanted stuff into sculpture. Though source components vary—originating from industry, retail, or the home—the work is always result of tactile experimentation in the studio. By constructing sculpture of repetitive, geometric units, Susannah reinstates the logic of nature to a production cycle that can emphasize profits over planetary stewardship.