I am interested in form and the transcendence of form’s mundane materiality. Transcendence, the state of moving beyond what can be known with physical senses (taste, touch, etc.), is known only through intuition and direct experience. It’s the link between science and spirit, known and unknown, concrete and mysterious. Witnessing this in-between place is where inspiration and authenticity is cultivated. The fact that people make and appreciate art is an indication of the inherent human need for inspiration: the witnessing of meaning made out of a seemingly fragmented, concrete existence. Without our concrete experience and our intuition, and our willingness to authentically experience it, meaning cannot be made.
My found-object, kinetic sculpture installations form abstracted environments, often illuminated by moving lights. They are viewed through restrictive portals allowing one to explore what can be seen and imagine what can’t. The mundane materials are perceived at times as themselves and at other times as mysterious forms that shift in scale. What can be seen acts as container for what cannot. In this sense, the ‘container’ is not an exterior boundary but the limitation of what is known before making meaning out of the unknown. What is unknown is not an empty void but fertile, creative space where there is no absolute reality thus everything is relational. Meaning is made through specific relationships.
My paintings are often created in series. Each painting begins from an object or image such as a found photograph that is then transformed into an abstract, unique relative of the original. Although fixed on the surface with paint, the images shift between two states of being, between two moments: integration and disintegration, known and unknown, concrete and intangible.
My work is both artifacts of my creative process as well as fodder for future inspiration.
Artist Bio / CV
Megan Bisbee-Durlam was born in Minneapolis in 1983 and grew up in Vermont. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Alfred University in 2005. She has exhibited at such venues as Lohin Geduld Gallery in New York City, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, Tampa Museum of Art, Bleu Acier Gallery and Covivant Gallery in Tampa, FL, Firehouse Gallery in Burlington, VT, M-Wing in Matsumoto, Japan, and Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, CT, and was a finalist for the 2005, "Albright Knox: Western New York and Beyond." Megan's work was published in the Northeastern edition #56 of New American Paintings and will be included in the upcoming publication RiseUp: Vol. III. Reviews and announcements of shows she participated in have appeared in such publications as Art in America, Buffalo News, The Gay City News, The Tampa Tribune, and Tampa Creative Loafing. Megan was visiting artist at the University of South Florida and Alfred University. She has studied art abroad while living in Paris and Florence. Megan was an artist resident at the Vermont Studio Center in the fall of 2009.
Megan has recently relocated from Japan to Brooklyn, NY, where she now lives and works.