Megan Harrison, who hit the road simply to experience new territory, encountered opportunities to expand her creativity.
Suddenly, she was painting a fresh new geography. Immersed in her surroundings, she experiments with how to interpreted it all through her art while exploring new compositions of changing elements.
Mark and Angela Walley present their latest short film featuring artist Megan Harrison who has always been drawn to stories of exploration – the scope of the vision, the ambition of it, the amount of endurance required, and the human history of facing the unknown. Harrison moves through this world amazed with the endlessly rich and evocative universe that she finds herself in.
Armed with the knowledge that the more I know the more there is to learn, I move through this world turning over rocks, looking through lenses, and plotting in journals. I am amazed with the endlessly rich and evocative universe that I find myself in. Inspired by images and forms from geology, architecture and astronomy, my artwork often references galactic events, rock and mineral formations and images of exploration and innovation. – Megan Harrison
I am interested in how we are shaped, physically and psychology by this world and our experiences in it.
Currently I am working on a set of paintings and collages that collapse a sense of physical space, timescales, and boundaries between things discovered and things created.
Our bodies have evolved to address the physical realities of the planet we live on.
Our neurological landscape mirrors that of our physical one, complete with domesticated centers, rural outposts and untouched wilderness.
Megan Harrison and her partner, Jimmy James Canales have been collaborating on multiple bodies of work over the past few years. While most of their work is currently exhibited individually, they are embarking on their most immersive collaboration yet with Re-Charting Pre-Charted Territory. Their work is a collection of collaged materials, installation and performance. The main themes of their project focus on the experience of nature through culture, making art outside the studio and presenting one possibility of how to be an artist in the world. They are re-imagining the idea of the wild and of the frontier, in order to complicate what those ideas mean today.
Harrison received her BFA at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Canales received his BFA at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston. They met in graduate school at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010.
About the artist at MeganHarrison.net.
More about the filmmakers at WalleyFilms.com.
Main Image Photo credit: Mark and Angela Walley
Photography: Vela Oma
Music: Courtesy Artlist
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