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Megan Reed

Los Angeles, California

Artist Statement

My work engages in an ongoing response to the mass produced, the surface-slickness of both consumer packaging and the digital mirage through which most of us interact (and view art). My work is tangible, textured, clearly handmade and often, monumental. The colors assert themselves, co-opting a vernacular, fighting for interaction with the viewer by challenging notions of what painting or sculpture are—a kind of performance engaging them in unexpected ways. I’m striving to create experiences, rather than just objects, loci for discussion, participation, communion and joy—all experiences made even more precious in Covid-19 socially distanced times.

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Artist Biography

Megan Reed is an artist in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Painting from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA, where she was the recipient of the Graduate Painting Teaching Fellowship and the Rex Ray Material Support Award. She also holds an MA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA from New York University. She has taught at California College of the Arts, Diablo Valley College and Southern Illinois University. She has been an artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA, the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared twice in New American Paintings, in the San Francisco Chronicle, in solo shows in London, UK, Berkeley, CA and in numerous group shows nationally. She was recently an artist-in-residence at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, where she created an installation as part of the campus's permanent art collection.



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