36″ x 42″
23″ x 53″
24″ x 39″
Megan Evans is a multi-media artist, representing ideas of transformation in her work, primarily through the use of acrylic paints on unconventional-shaped canvases – lacking corners and reflecting the fluidity of transformation. By incorporating a variety of materials including handmade papers, wire sculptures and printmaking, she creates layers upon layers in her work, reflecting the transformation in nature as it relates to the transformation in life. She expresses the fluidity of life through her use of organic and circular shapes as a symbol for the transformative power of movement forward. By harmonizing these elements with a layer approach, she sets forth a platform for a viewer to consider the relationship between layers – how each layer in her pieces relates to the layer before – thereby demonstrating a connection to the universal reality of how each layer of life relates to the prior.
Deeply affected by the loss of her mother to breast cancer and the loss of her daughter to Trisomy 18, she draws inspiration from those experiences and her reflections on both the pain of loss and the joy of knowing. Her artistic influences include Hannah Wilke for the transformative elements in the artist’s work and Vincent Van Gogh specific to his use of texture.
In addition to her work as a visual artist, Megan is also a highly regarded Visual Art educator, driven to inspire all of her students in becoming life-long Arts enthusiasts. She has worked for Columbus City Schools for 15 years while continuing to create and exhibit her own work in Central Ohio. Megan holds a B. A. in Visual Art from the University of Findlay and a Masters of Art Education from The Ohio State University. She is represented on the Cultural Arts Wall on Long Street in Columbus, recognizing her work in creating public art with young people on the historic Near East Side.
Statement for Fluidity
This work goes back to a younger color palette that I used when my mother was ill and subsequently died from breast cancer. Using a variety of textures to create movement, the viewer can look for those elements that are being used anew – transformed in purpose different than was originally intended. A paint lid, a cardboard scrap- all demonstrate that the fluidity of transformation in life is continual without beginning or end.
Statement for Transformed
We all seek out some form of transformation in our day-to-day lives – often unaware of the transformation that is already happening that we do not seek or control. The bulb theme that can be seen throughout this piece, which is presented in different textures – paint, rice paper, twist ties – showing the beginning, the re-bloom, the death and the beginning again – the cycle of transformation that comes back full circle.
Statement for Never Forgotten
Memories are one of the most transformative influences in the lives of human beings. My fascination with the impact of memories on future life experiences inspired me to paint “Never Forgotten”. The piece represents the people who leave us too soon and the influence those memories have on us today. I used a variety of layers, beginning with the names of those who were gone too soon from my life and others close to me. I then painted over the names encasing them within the work, not necessarily seen, but memories that are permanently with us and serve as the basis of who we become. Incorporating printmaking, weaving, and handmade papers demonstrates the transformation we see in nature and the unending circular connection between joy, loss and memory.