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An artwork is a way to embolden empathy with human experiences on a more universal level. My recent work addresses buoyancy, levity, themes of duality and continuity, energy, fragility, microcosm versus macrocosm, and more. Increasingly, due to the great loss and sadness in the world because of the pandemic, I strive to take artistic initiatives that may add something helpful or good to the world, whether through fundraising or spreading messages of hope, human connections, happiness, humor, or love.
My work as an artist includes a significant painting practice for more than a decade, plus I've had opportunities to create public art and fundraising, community projects, writing, design, and work done in a collaborative manner.
A veteran of NYC Parks' cutthroat holiday wreath competition, Elizabeth Meggs will be sharing at Gowanus Open Studios her progress on work inspired by being one of 20 Americans selected by NASA to observe humankind's first test of planetary defense, NASA's DART Mission spacecraft-asteroid collision, on site at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory; as well as providing a sneak peek at her top secret illustrated book (NO PHOTOS ALLOWED, PLEASE!), along with paintings, clocks, illustration, and design work. When you visit, be prepared to also discuss roller skating, all forms of collecting, the PBS show Antiques Roadshow, altruism through art, and this years' upcoming NYC Parks' wreath competition. The earliest visitors to Meggs' studio will be served Acqua Panna (natural spring water from Tuscany) in glass bottles, novelty eyeball bubble gum, and may have a Polaroid photo portrait taken of themselves by Meggs, while supplies last. So be sure to RUN, DON'T WALK, to Studio 88 at 183 Lorraine Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, at the TI Art Studio complex (formerly called Screwball Spaces).
(ALL IMAGES AND TEXT COPYRIGHT © ELIZABETH MEGGS)
Image WOW MOM,
40 in. by 20 in. by 10 in.. ice, 2022, Elizabeth Meggs
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Image FLAP BOOK by Elizabeth Meggs, of The Wild Swans at Coole, by W. B. Yeats
dimensions variable, handbound artist book made with Photshop/inkjet printing on paper/glue/feathers
The structure of the flap book informed decisions made regarding the book's subject and content.
A book takes flight. Flap book format (also called flag book format) is taken to heart, allowing this artist book to spread its own swan wings and carry a poetic message about the possibility of prevailing beauty amidst ephemeral and fragile aspects of nature and experience. This book is inspired by flap book format, the beauty of swans, and the 1917 poetry of William Butler Yeats in which he contemplates growing older while observing swans whose hearts have not grown old.
Upon first opening the book, pages turn from right to left, but then the entire book stretches into a surprise of flapping wings and motion when the two covers are pulled further apart. Moving the covers creates a flapping wing effect.
Image GASETERIA & SLY,
photography and mixed media pastiche of found digital ephemera, 18.6 in. x 7.9 in.
In this mixed media contextualization between street photography and an assemblage of found digital ephemera, interrelated forms and colors operate in a thoughtful exchange, or partnership, of visual vocabulary.
Image BROKEN UMBRELLAS,
Six 12 in. by 12 in. linocut prints on paper, framed, in installation with broken umbrella
Pictured at top are the linocut prints themselves, and below is a gallery photo of the installation that included a real broken umbrella.
Broken umbrellas are a universally understood object, that anyone around the world could recognize, no matter what language they speak.The bold silhouette forms of broken umbrellas operate as a lighthearted symbolic expression of everyday losses and finds, and indicate that that which is broken still has potential for strength and beauty.
Image CERNE ABBAS GIANT & ELECTRIC SLEEP INSTALLATION,
CERNE ABBAS GIANT FABRIC produced by the artist: stretched polyester velvet in two pattern sizes on wall (30 in. by 30 in. and 20 in. by 20 in.), 90 in. cotton sateen tablecloth, 2022
ELECTRIC SLEEP: neon paint (blacklight reactive) on life-sized human skull and brain anatomical model, 2022
This fabric is inspired by England's best known late Anglo-Saxon period hill figure from 700 AD, the CERNE ABBAS GIANT. He is a 180 foot hill figure made of trenches filled with crushed chalk, in Dorset, England. Testing in 2021 determined that it was created as early as 700 AD. He's also been associated with fertility, for obvious reasons.
The skull and brain in “Electric Sleep” operate as symbols of mortality and death, and as symbols related to what’s been found and lost through the pandemic years, including mental health and lives lost.
The context of these potent symbols of fertility and death, when installed together, creates an energized duality reflecting the nature of human existence.
Image CAR CRASH RECOVERY SELF-PORTRAITS,
Nine mixed media drawings, 18 in. by 24 in. individually (54 in. x 72 in. overall dimensions), 2022
As I recovered from a serious head injury after being hit by a car when it ran a red light on April 20, 2022, through the pain and depression I started to find my way back to life by drawing self-portraits. I could see the progress I was making. I'd never been an artist who made self-portraits, but it became an important part of the healing process, like I was coming back to life.
Please read my essay about this project here:
Image SAFETY DANCE,
2,880 safety pins, 20 in. by 20 in. by 3 in. 2022
Made from 2,880 safety pins, the SAFETY DANCE wreath is an expression of the daily dance of decisions we all make to stay safe in today’s world.
Image WHAT TIME IS IT,
25 artist-designed clocks, 10 in. by 10 in. by 1.75 in., 2022
In late 2021, I found myself with an impulse to try my hand at designing some clocks. After more than a decade of experience as a non-objective geometric and color-centric painter (https://www.meggspaintings.com), who often pondered time as one facet of painting, I wanted to consider the possibilities of how form and color might be rendered as a functional object while operating as visual poems as measurements of moments. The colors and forms are intervals of infinity.
Human imagination is not bound by time or space — not really.
My clock designs are a celebration of the time we have while we are alive, with all of life’s mysteries, joys, trials, and sadnesses. I believe the potential of color, form, composition, art, and design is endless and infinite. I think chromatic energy, or the energy of color, might go on forever.
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Image HOW TO TRAVEL TO MIDNIGHT, oil paint on canvas, 48 in. by 48 in.
(IMAGE COPYRIGHT © ELIZABETH MEGGS)
Image MAX, oil paint on canvas, 12 in. by 12 in.
(IMAGE COPYRIGHT © ELIZABETH MEGGS)
Date Recorded September 24, 2023 11:06 pm
Caption Visit artist Elizabeth Meggs in her art studio in Brooklyn, New York! Here, she discusses a recent series of oil paintings. (Video by Shamell Mason)
Date Recorded September 24, 2023 11:05 pm
Caption “FOUND & LOST”
what we’ve found & lost & found & lost:
time, love, hope, history, minds, umbrellas, & more
A solo exhibition of art & design work by Elizabeth Meggs
Artist-designed clocks, fabric, posters, prints, & more
At Sweet Lorraine Gallery, 183 Lorraine Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11231
(Video by Shamell Mason)
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