I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. Recently I realized that no matter what the theme or ideas I am working on, that the heart of my work is about finding the magic in the ordinary.
I often begin a project or series by thinking about history -- cultural, physical and social past of a place or people. My materials are selected for the purpose of deepening the story and for the evocative quality of the medium; drawing in old fashioned nib-pen and ink, painting in Flashe or watercolor, paper sculpture, sewn and beaded objects, site-specific installation and photography.
"This is your life -- the mundane stuff and everything in between. Untold beauty lies dormant and untapped in the often neglected details." Kat James and Oz Garcia, The Truth About Beauty
Meridith McNeal is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator, curator, arts administrator and hula hooper. She was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in the spring of 2008, in the spring of 2009, and will return for a third residency in summer 2010. Her work is represented by Figureworks Gallery in Brooklyn; Amy Simon Fine Arts in CT and H.A.C. Gallery in Japan.
Meridith’s recent exhibitions include In the Footsteps of the Starry Messenger at Figureworks, Brooklyn; Golose Necessità at Santi, Roma, Italia; Magical Things at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn; When We Were Six at Cannon's Walk in South Street Seaport; and Beside Your Shimmering Doorway in Emily Dickinson Rendered at Wave Hill, Bronx. Her book Magical Things was published by Blurb in 2009 and her work is included in Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, Katharine Harmon, Princeton Architectural Press, 2009.