Megan Green recently completed an MFA at the University of Waterloo. She received a BFA from the University of Alberta in 2011. She was born in St. Johns, Newfoundland and grew up in Northern Alberta. While living in Fort McMurray she attended Keyano College and received a Visual Art and Design Diploma in 2009. In 2013 Megan completed a Keith and Win Shantz Internship where she was a studio assistant for multidisciplinary artist and taxidermist Claire Morgan in London, UK
Northern Alberta is examined in Megan Green’s work as a liminal, near-mythical place where our collective notions about remote environments collide with mass industrialization. The artist attempts to explore the schemata of regionalism in Canada, and to be critical of discourses that somehow fail to grasp the complexity of the situation; often such discourses claim an enlightened perspective, though they do not depart from classical Canadian narratives. She gauges popular opinion about this and similar places from personal context, news media, academic journals, documentaries, and anecdotes from the area. Her objects are a distillation of that material and the gallery space is treated as a proxy for a psychological world. Her final artworks are contrived to communicate some metaphorical, symbolic, or allegorical meaning related to the source material. Megan Green’s work is comprised of sculptural and found objects that have been altered or contextualized in a way that conflates strangeness with normality.
Objects used in Megan’s installations are often sourced from relevant locations, sometimes thrift stores, or are given to her as gifts. These materials are modified to communicate some meaning, sometimes through parody and often with a sense of melancholic humor. Often the artwork’s meaning is related to anecdotes and stereotypes attached to the objects that, in turn, seek to complicate popular narratives and cultural myths-many of which are related to the artist’s personal context. Megan is exploring the pervasive qualities of shibboleths attached to place by employing an uncanny web of associations using often banal source materials.