Mia Ruston + Eric Moschopedis

About Mia Ruston + Eric Moschopedis

Mia Rushton + Eric Moschopedis are an artist team from Calgary, Alberta. They bring together elements of craft, performance, and cultural geography to create site-specific and socially-engaged works. Thematically, their practice deals with urban and rural ecologies, social relationships, and place-based knowledge production. Throughout the last nine years, they have developed a practice that operates in both a gallery and public context. Their projects, workshops, artist talks, and lectures have been presented at formal and DIY festivals, galleries, and postsecondary institutions throughout North America and in Europe.

Rushton + Moschopedis’ recent work explores ecological phenomena and interspecies relationships (human/plant/animal). They have mapped thousands of natural and constructed habitat opportunities for animals in urban neighbourhoods, created a botanical intervention that reintroduced native prairie grass species back onto the land of a historical mansion in Calgary, investigated coastal climate change in Newfoundland by animating saltwater algae as hand-dyed silk flags, and initiated a multi-year research process to study the migratory habits of a predatory songbird in Alberta. The form of representation their work takes differs from project to project and responds to the specific context in which they are working.