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Megan Canning
updated: 06/30/2008
website: www.megancanning.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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the voice fell back
in the chambers is a gentle unfolding
I'm waiting for a wind
inside everything is on fire
every cell's core of heat
we have folded ourselves
genitalia feminina
genitalia masculina
inside there is everything
organum auditus
bump (the sense of touch)
laughed (the sense of hearing)
down, down, down (the sense of taste)
I see (the sense of sight)
find (the sense of smell)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  anatomy, conceptual, figurative, language, mapping, memory, organic, process, systems, diagrammatic
 
 
the voice fell back by Megan Canning
the voice fell back
hand-embroidery, pencil and dry transfer letters on paper
2007
13.5" x  13.5" 
in the chambers is a gentle unfolding by Megan Canning
in the chambers is a gentle unfolding
hand-embroidery, pencil and dry transfer letters on paper
2007-8
13.5" x  13.5" 
I'm waiting for a wind by Megan Canning
I'm waiting for a wind
hand-embroidery, pencil and dry transfer letters on paper
2007-8
13.5" x  13.5" 
inside everything is on fire by Megan Canning
inside everything is on fire
hand-embroidery, pencil and dry transfer letters on paper
2007-8
13.5" x  13.5" 
every cell's core of heat by Megan Canning
every cell's core of heat
hand-embroidery, pencil and dry transfer letters on paper
2007
13.5" x  13.5" 
we have folded ourselves by Megan Canning
we have folded ourselves
hand-embroidery, pencil and dry transfer letters on paper
2007-8
13.5" x  13.5" 
genitalia feminina by Megan Canning
genitalia feminina
hand-embroidery on cotton muslin
2008
13.25" x  13.25" 
genitalia masculina by Megan Canning
genitalia masculina
hand-embroidery on cotton muslin
2008
13.25" x  13.25" 
inside there is everything by Megan Canning
inside there is everything
hand-embroidery, fabric, acrylic and cotton stuffing on linen
2008
16" x  12"  x 4" 
organum auditus by Megan Canning
organum auditus
hand-embroidery, fabric, pencil and cotton stuffing on canvas
2006-7
30" x  35"  x 5" 
bump (the sense of touch) by Megan Canning
bump (the sense of touch)
hand-embroidery on canvas with vintage flash card
2005
21" x  18" 
laughed (the sense of hearing) by Megan Canning
laughed (the sense of hearing)
hand-embroidery on canvas with vintage flash card
2005
18" x  21" 
down, down, down (the sense of taste) by Megan Canning
down, down, down (the sense of taste)
hand-embroidery on canvas with vintage flash card
2005
21" x  18" 
I see (the sense of sight) by Megan Canning
I see (the sense of sight)
hand-embroidery on canvas with vintage flash card
2005
18" x  21" 
find (the sense of smell) by Megan Canning
find (the sense of smell)
hand-embroidery on canvas with vintage flash card
2005
21" x  18" 

Artist Statement

My interest lies in the convergence and overlapping of the scientific and the metaphorical – where the two inform one another and result in a deeper understanding of the human experience. I am interested in the relationship between inside and outside, and what takes place below the “threshold of awareness” - specifically in relationship to the human body and its internal systems, anatomy, organs, and its external form.

 

Hand sewing and traditional embroidery techniques have gradually become a key element in the work, for both visual and conceptual reasons. Sewing literally pierces the skin of the work, and also becomes a metaphor for the body – the embroidery results in an orderly, clean surface with a messy, chaotic back, just like the skin is a calm exterior that encloses the complex inner systems of the body.

 

Through my work, I am attempting to illuminate what is usually hidden beneath the surface – the physical interior of our human bodies and the memories stored within. 

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Born

Cincinnati, Ohio

Lives and Works

Brooklyn, New York

Education

2003             MFA, Painting, Hunter College, New York, NY         

1998             BFA, Art Education, Ohio University, Athens, OH 

1998      Wood, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC           

1997              Fine Metals, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

1996             Painting /Art History, Charles University, Prague, CZ          

Solo Exhibitions

2008             inside there is everything, Pink Elephant Projects (PEP), Brooklyn, NY

2003             there is a history here upon my skin, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hunter College, NYC

1999      the light fell out of the sky, Base Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 

1997             messages to the gods and spirits, UAL Alternative Gallery, Athens, OH  

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007             Art Mart, Pink Elephant Projects (PEP), Brooklyn, NY

2004      Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC                                    

2003              Douglas Dibble Memorial Art Auction, Times Square Gallery, New York, NY

    Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artist Space, New York, NY

Awards

2002            William T. Graf Travel Grant

 

Bibliography

2007               Megan Canning,” Design*Sponge

2006         Art World Digest: Unambiguous, a curated, printed exhibition