The focus of my research is eco-feminism, a movement that combines feminist and ecological concerns. I explore this colossal theme through craft, natural dye, and painting.
Although my subject matter is specific and researched, I consider myself a process-based artist. Each work starts with an outline of a small idea, which grows and changes due to the multitude of choices I make while creatively problem-solving. Each piece's process has epic failures and simple breakthroughs. To me, this evolutionary process is the exciting part of making.
There is a tension between ephemeral and archival documentation, which I explore through site-specific natural dyes and repurposed fabric. I am inspired by Anni Albers and Sheila Hicks. Visual allusions to feminist makers develop uniquely in each artwork through pattern, material, or color theory. I hope my artwork will combine feminism, painting and craft sustainably and inclusively.
Medium: Cotton Fiber and Natural Dyes including Turmeric, Cochineal,
Goldenrod, and Indigo
Dimensions: 26" x 26"
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Megan Leah Gottfried (b. 1998, USA) makes oil and fiber paintings that examine eco-feminism and craft through pattern and natural dyes. Her work has been exhibited at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, Tri-State Sculpture Exhibition and Conference, and the Zoller Gallery. Megan Gottfried earned her BFA and a minor in interdisciplinary art and social practice from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is currently an MFA student at Pennsylvania State University. She lives and works in Pennsylvania.
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