Opening Reception: Thursday, April 12 from 6pm to 8pm
The paintings in the exhibit, Megan Maher/Delineated, explore the emotional landscape of creating art and the difficulty communicating within it. Atmosphere and space are formed with the gestural mark-makings of the doodle, the squiggle, the swirl, and the scribble. Various layering techniques depict emotional and abstract landscapes. Personal feelings of vulnerability evoke a complex internal landscape of emotion. Words are used in the work, not only as lines and marks, but also as a way to further explain internal thoughts. They reveal more insight into the self doubt and confidence of the artist that occur while creating. The paintings examine the way thoughts and feelings enter our system, not unlike weather patterns moving across the planet and the limitations of visual communication.
Megan Maher is a mixed media artist and curator whose work explores the interactions between line, color, and materials. The squiggle is a recurring motif in her work. Maher grew up in Kentucky and Indiana, enjoying both city and country life. She received her BFA from Indiana University and moved to Washington, DC, to earn her MFA from American University. After graduating, she stayed in the DC area teaching and producing art. She has shown both internationally and nationally, including exhibits at Arlington Arts Center, McLean Project for the Arts and Centro Arti Visive in Perugia Italy and was a member of the 2014-2016 DC Arts Center’s Sparkplug Collective. This group had their third exhibit, Selfie: Me, Myself and Us at Flashpoint Gallery in 2017. Her most recent curatorial project was Finder-Maker at Honfluer Gallery in 2017. Past residencies have included the Vermont Studio Center and Chautauqua School of Art.
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