2015 Resident Artist
Venue: Tapps Art Center
Performances: Meg will be performing with her sculptures throughout the festival in various venues and at various events. Keep a look out.
By uncomfortably combining elements of the female body, the domestic sphere, animals, childhood, sex, and our natural environment, my sculptures and animations explore our conscious and unconscious beliefs through a feminine and feminist lens. To accomplish this, I transform everyday materials and images into puzzling, biomorphic forms with strong emotional and psychological implications. The home is a space traditionally associated with women, and women are also often associated with child-rearing and sexual desire. I want to distort these connections as a way of examining our beliefs about these stereotypes and as a way of forging new expectations for what it means to be feminine, domestic, childlike, sexual, animal, and natural. I work to reveal and challenge the viewer’s unconscious and conscious beliefs in order to help them understand their own motivations and to create the possibility for new beliefs. I mutate the familiar to create unnerving, strange objects or images that present the viewer with conflicting statements and ask the viewer to make a qualitative judgment.
Meg Stein is a sculptor, image-maker, installation artist and animator from Durham, NC. In 2014 she earned her MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014, where she was also a teaching fellow and online instructor for the Art Department. She has nationally exhibited work, including solo shows Proximity to Permanence at the John and June Allcott Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC (2014) and For Your Consideration at the Green Gallery in Durham, NC (2013). In 2014 she was a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace NC in Raleigh, NC. In spring 2015 she will be in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. More information and work is available at megstein.com.