Artist Megan Whitehead
I begin as a painter and end up as a human animal in search of connection.
My work explores future projections with ancient roots, mythical stories, forms of communication and cosmic translation.
I work with Physical mediums: Oil Paintings & watercolour illustrations, Ceramics, Objects, Space, Light & shadows.
I also work in the Digital Realm with Graphic Art and Design, Simple animations, Digital Marketing, and some Web Design.
Currently living and working in Lisbon, Portugal.
My current Projects are…
Growing a Tiny Human in my womb
Painting: Watercolour storytelling
Ceramic Cozy Lighting: Votives and tiny Island cave home lamps for light to dwell within.
Experimental Eco-systems: Making funk-tional interactive installations of projections, objects, and imagery where people participation helps to explore the reciprocal relationship of things.
Including Gardening Project at Plataforma Trafaria with EDA
Jewellery: Talismans to adorn your living spaces and bodies. Made from collected curiosities. Ancient and antique beads, semi-precious rocks and coral, strung together. Re-working the old with new handmade glass, Silver, and natural fibers into a primitive, futuristic, pieces of alien technology.
Please Get in touch for commissions, Projects and collaborations.
The experience will be soupy, warm, and full of foreign flavors.
MEM is the name for the 13th letter of the ancient Aleph Beth מ
a symbol that does not signify a thing or idea, but a shape of the mouth to be filled with sounded breath.
The sound and symbol is beleived to be derived from the Hieroglyph meaning water
Mystics call מ the spring of language that pours forth from a human mouth.
I’m interested in the source of the spring, why we began to speak, tell stories and create myths
I’m interested in what people have added to this spring from around the world…
for it is in this soup that we now swim.
I build landscapes with thin layers and inhabit them with figures influenced by modern fantastical worlds of animated characters and the ancient stories told by objects and symbols left behind.
The Images I create are visual aids, often diagrams, I would eventually use for a lecture on Human consciousness. The western predicament of reaching for the unknown in the star-studded sky, our need to get- high, our godlikeness, specialness and equally pulling in the other direction is our almost severed roots and our animal nature, a sense of wishing ourselves back into the natural sinless state of the garden of Eden and our hunter-gatherer primitive past.
I am working towards designing spaces in which to perform this lecture in an interactive setting, facilitating it and creating a flow of collaborative creation. It is this process I will illuminate with projectors and through experiments with objects and different mediums maybe we can better understand our reciprocal relationship to one-and-other and to the environment.
Once in the space live moments; a conversation between objects and images, between you, that person over there, and the environment you share takes over.
EDUCATION: UAL Wimbledon College of Art, BA Hons Fine Art; Print & Time based Media 2012- 2015
Major Critical Project: A story from Senegal, as a case study of Primitivism in Art Criticism, and the relationship between the artist and society.
Oxford Brookes University, BTEC Foundation Diploma Art & Design, 2011- 2012
EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE
2017 Group exhibition, Live drawing, Wagner Galeria, Ericeira
2017 Open Studio, Unit 8 studios, Bristol
2017 Story Telling Performance, In the Beginning, Moving Stories with Deborah Ward, Bristol
2016 Site-specific Installation & Live Visuals for ‘Media’ – Miilk event, Gothenburg
2015 Live Visuals for KALA collective, Brixton Jamm, London
2015 Site-specific Installation for Fowl Cabaret, The Book Club, London
2015 Site-specific Installation for Wormfood, Prince of Wales, London
2015 Site-Specific Installation For Eco Building Opening Show, Wimbledon College of Art, London
2015 Site-specific Installation for Wormfood, Brixton Jamm, London
2015 Performer for The Idol, Marvyn Gaye Chetwynd , Abbey Leisure Centre Barking, London
2014 Performer in TURFED for LIFT festival, Hackney Downs Studios, London
2014 Performer in Lucky 7 Walkabouts, Theater & Circus Glastonbury Music Festival, Glastonbury
2012 Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Group exhibition, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
2017 Props & stage management, Paul Morroccos, Theater & Circus Glastonbury Music Festival.
2017 Assitant Set Design for Sleazy sessions Events, Bristol
2016 Assitant Set Design and Interactive installation for Media events, Gothenburg
2014 Volunteer Street Child United, London, Rio Di Janiero
2014 Assistant to Artistic Director Renato Rocha, London, Rio Di Janiero
2014 Assistant to Street Artist Joel Berger, Rio Di Janiero