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One Week MFA Show: Meg Stein, Proximity to Permanence
February 24, 2014 @ 8:00 am - February 28, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, 27 February 2014, 6-8 pm
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm
Artist website: megstein.com
Meg’s Personal Statement:
In my sculptures I use everyday objects and furniture that I find in thrift stores. I am drawn to items that remind me of the aesthetic I grew up with. The items I choose have curvy, softer formal qualities, which I read as bodily. Thrift store items are appealing because they have a history of previous use, which charges them with warmth and energy. I feel I have some form of interaction with these objects. Despite their insentience, I feel emotions around them; I think thoughts about them; I feel attached to them and am interested in their history.
I use colors with strong emotional resonance, organic shapes and textures; I play with scale and spatial relationships to transform these items into disturbing and surprising new forms that are charged with more psychology and emotion and appear more like-life (and like us) while maintaining a semblance to our familiar everyday lives. I also use the Surrealist strategy of inserting a surprising combination of seemingly disparate parts so the viewer might be shocked into accessing her own unconscious emotions and thoughts.
Through the transformation of familiar everyday objects into unknown, bodily forms with strong emotional and psychological implications, my sculptures allow unexpected or repressed thoughts, emotions and memories to come to the surface. By doing so they also intensify their semblance to a companion, pointing forcefully to the reality that we are alone and these items do not make us more complete. Ultimately, my sculptures are about loneliness and our own longing for connection.