MJ Neuberger’s work arises from her ritual attempts to return to a body abandoned in childhood trauma and abuse that she traces in part to colonial history in her mother’s native Philippines. Referencing indigenous ceremonies and elemental processes and incorporating both found and organic materials, including her own hair, Neuberger’s installations, sculptural work and images suggest acknowledging shared vulnerability and reconnecting with an indigenous, nature-based self as a path toward healing and integrating traumatic memory.
Neuberger has presented work at a Gathering of the Tribes, Art Resources Transfer, and the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in Maryland and exhibitions in North Carolina and Indiana and curates The Great Wide Open art/performance series.
Neuberger has won multiple awards, including a teaching fellowship at the University of North Carolina. Her writing has appeared in the Village Voice, SPIN, and The Nation and her work as an editor has been cited by bell hooks.