Friday, April 17, 2020

Work, Space, Words, Breathe

The ease of being seen
mixed media, A3 size/11.7x16.5”
150gm smooth cartridge paper

To be made uncomfortable (you’re so dynamic)
mixed media, A3 size/11.7x16.5”
150gm smooth cartridge paper
Tuesday Studio Video Visit:

I was asked to share my thoughts about a couple of the paintings in the current exhibition at Irving Gallery and how the series came about and developed. I recorded a short podcast about this and I hope you will find it interesting. I suggest visiting the Irving gallery's website to look at my work while you listen. Thank you!

Listen to "Megan Chapman’s Favourite Mistakes | Irving Gallery Oxford" on Spreaker.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Art is everywhere. Are you?

Finished work and work in progress

Shrine to nothingness

When meeting wilderness

Undeserved fanfare (you wore your best shoes anyway)

Kitchen as a home studio, complete with dishes

Accidental portrait number 13

The first good thing

For David with thanks, gratitude, and love. You will be missed. x

Friday, April 3, 2020

We make our mark in isolation

"It might be time to reclaim it all for ourselves and back away from the capitalist contagion that soils our craft."

I wrote this in a chat message on Instagram to another painter. I added the laugh until crying emoji, the two enthusiastic hands emoji, and the fire emoji to show that I am not taking myself too seriously, but yet let's preach it and set it all on fire.

Why do artists continue to play in this capitalist system when it has never worked very well for us? To validate our work? To reach the masses? To become successful? Because we were told this is what is done? 

My ideas of success are pretty different from the capitalist ideal. My ideas about worth and value are too. I don't know the answer currently but I am thinking a hell of a lot about it. 

As always I am thankful for my friends, family, galleries, designers, and patrons that keep me working and supported. Thank you. 

Stay well. Stay in. Wash your hands and stay free.