Megan Seres is an emerging artist, living and working in Regional NSW. She attained a BFA (1st Class Honours) in 2004 from the National Art School, Sydney.
Inspired by Baroque artists and their work, Megan’s paintings are dedicated to preserving classical or outmoded styles and themes that range from small and intimate to large scale. She plays with fragmented memories, the ambiguous notion of identity and draws on the visual impression and emotional response of each work. In the pursuit of understanding social structures that include objectification, oppression, beauty, displacement, adornment, isolation, memory and the environment, Megan seeks the intersection between past, present, future and its residual interchange. The interplay between beauty and horror, light and dark, the real and imaginary, conscious and unconscious, repression and passion, and the veiled and visible are tied to the Dark Romanticism movement of the 18th century and its response to Romanticism.
"Many of my paintings to date have leanings towards both Baroque and Gothic sensibilities and are drawn from 17th to 19th century discourse and motifs found in art, poetry, texts, fashion and films. My response to this is to paint through layering, fusing and erasure which disturbs the human form and surrounds. Working with my own photographs or found images I reinterpret these into paintings, referencing the old masters use of chiaroscuro (light & dark), oils, mediums and glazes. The use of charcoal, ink, graphite and colour pencils are used in drawing whilst various mediums such as ceramics, wax, felt, hair and various other substances may be used in sculpting along with found objects.
Experimentation within my art practice has become a key component in creativity which helps to express the unique power of ambiguous narratives and the exploration of the boundaries between what is observed, what is imagined and what is hidden or forgotten is of enormous importance to my work."