“In a metaphorical sense, a deep fear is generated if we’re blind-folded and we are left in the dark whilst those around us are able to see. My work attempts to bring light into this darkness by providing a bridge between what is imagined, hidden or forgotten.”
Megan Seres was born in Sydney and currently lives and works in Southern NSW. Megan attained a BFA (1st Class Honours) from the National Art School, Sydney.
Inspired by artists from the 17th to 19th century that include the movements of Baroque, Rococo and Dark Romanticism, Megan’s oil paintings are dedicated to awakening the senses through transporting the viewer into another world. She plays with fragmented memories, the ambiguous notion of identity and draws on the visual impression and emotional response of each work to guide her. The theme of uncertainty looms large within her figurative and abstract works and in creating intangible fragmentations she plays with the concepts of who we are.
In the pursuit of understanding social structures that include adornment, beauty, ceremonies, rituals, traditions, customs, dress, histories, herstories, objectification, oppression, displacement, isolation, memory and the environment, Megan seeks the intersection between past, present, future and its residual interchange. The interplay between movement and stillness, 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 Baroque period and the Dark Romanticism movement of the 18th century and its response to Romanticism.
"Many of my works speak of the human condition and are designed to bring people together through shared cultural experiences. My vision is to create contemporary, innovative and daring work through research and development. My hope is that this will facilitate a deeper insight into the richness of our existence by bringing together the common cultural encounters and perspectives that bind us together through compassion and curiosity. Many of my paintings to date are drawn from 17th to 19th century inspired images, poetry, texts, fashion and films. By utilising aspects of this period, from colour palettes and costumes through to challenging the original social/cultural meaning. My response to this is to engage with different mediums that incorporate layering, fusing and erasure which disturbs the human form and surrounds. Working with my own photographs or found images I reinterpret these into paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculptures and videos. My paintings often reference the old masters use of chiaroscuro (light & dark), oils, mediums and glazes but can also incorporate alla prima and lately the use of acrylic paint. The use of charcoal, ink, chalk pastels, gouache, 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. Videos are a new medium for me which allows me to create a key element to the narrative structure of my work. My goal is to bring a more immersive experience to the audience by combining as many elements together as possible.
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