Maya Kramer, ‘Solo Traveler’, 2015, Watermill Summer Benefit Auction 2015

Of central concern to Maya Kramer’s work is “humanity’s precarious relationship to the environment,” a theme she explores in myriad ways by using common pollutants as her central material. Kramer manipulates surprising media—from coal dust to scrap metal to laundry detergent—beyond recognition, creating striking installation and sculptural work that cohesively blends the man-made with the natural. Kramer currently lives and works Shanghai and has exhibited at institutions across Asia, Europe, and North America, including the Hong Kong Arts Center and the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, among others.