Megan Harrison earned a BFA from Metropolitan State University of Denver, 2008, and an MFA from the University of Texas San Antonio, 2012. Her work has exhibited nationally and internationally, including works on permanent display at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, City Hall of San Antonio and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She was awarded a full fellowship at The Vermont Studios, 2015, and was selected by the Blue Star Contemporary for the Künstlerhaus Bethanien residency program in Berlin Germany, 2019 where she lived with her Husband and young son for 6 months. Locally she has participated in exhibitions at the McNay Art Museum and Art Pace and has had solo exhibitions at Sala Diaz and, most recently, Blue Star Contemporary.
My work often overlays symbols of human experience with materials and imagery that evoke a sense of geological time, vast space and profound beauty. When we can see artifacts of our humanity visually folded into notions of deep space, vast oceans and rugged mountains, our reference points dissolve and we become infused with awe, empathy, and reverence.
In each of the artworks included here the process begins by dropping ink onto large swaths of wet paper. The blooming forms that spread across the surface are suggestive of galactic events, star formations and cosmic weather. The resulting intricacy of the ink’s fractaline self-ordering speaks to the humbling complexity of nature and the experience of its exploration.
Delicately painted portraits, household objects, figurative sculptures, and fragmented landscapes are all dramatically enveloped by the ink stained surfaces in the construction of a sublime universe - bewildering, beautiful and full of longing.