Meagan Stirling is an artist and educator who holds a BA from Whitworth University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Meagan lives and works in Santa Barbara, California where she is Assistant Professor of Art at Westmont College. Previously, she taught art at Whitworth University, the Beijing International College, and the University of Colorado Denver.The paradox of daily life as safe and comfortable, juxtaposed with its polar opposite – the uncertainties of life – appears to bully the American Dream itself. My prints and installations examine complexities and illusions created through the antithetical patterns of daily American suburban life by exploring the extent to which perceived safety is part of the national psyche.By combining printmaking, painting, and photography, my work explores the over-exaggerated idea of safety that becomes weakened by isolation, chance, and violence, to which we are all vulnerable.
When Smith was accepted by the Royal College of Art in London to participate in the Post Experience Programme, which offered him the opportunity to draw from cadavers at the University of London’s School of Medicine, he worked on variations of images, including interpretative anatomical sketches of body parts. These drawings are captured in his powerful series “Silent Orators”. Additional work on this series includes the lithographs produced in Berlin, Germany, working at the Professional Association of Berlin Artists (BBK) printmaking facilities, as well as etchings from acrylic hard grounds, and the non-toxic etching process using photopolymer film. Smith developed his “Berlin Air Lift” studies drawn in situ at Berlin’s Templehof airport, and later re-interpreted, and printed them as linear images with the photopolymer film process at Berlin’s Druckstelle Printmaking Studios. Continuing his work at BBK, Smith further developed a selection of drawings done in India and produced as lithographs.Other thematic works i.e., Smith’s etching editions of “Warrior Suit of Armor”, “The London Bagpiper” and “Italian Youth”, as well as conté crayon drawings and digital prints, represent interpretations of images captured in selected art museums abroad and in the U.S. Currently, Smith produces drawings and prints in his printmaking studio in San Diego, California, and works periodically in professional printmaking facilities in Berlin, Germany.Smith’s prints have received juried awards, including a purchase prize by the Pasadena Art Museum for its permanent collection. His heavily embossed etching triptych titled ‘Ranger I,II, III’ was on loan from the Los Angeles County Art Museum Rental Gallery to the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena California. Smith’s work has been shown in numerous private and public solo and group juried exhibitions. His works are currently being prepared for national and international exhibitions, and for public and private galleries and collections.
Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art” with Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala
Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!