Today we’d like to introduce you to Meegan Barnes, .
Meegan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in the Bay Area and always knew I wanted to be an artist but got a little sidetracked. I studied illustration at CCA and moved to NYC immediately after graduating. I worked as a designer and illustrator for Paper and Vibe Magazines before co-founding a hip hop inspired lifestyle brand called Femme Arsenal. I was the creative director for 6 years and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything but ultimately I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing so I sold the company and went to Brazil for 3 months to learn Afro Brazilian dance, surf and paint.
When I got back, I took a ceramics class and the first thing I made was a butt. Butts just kinda became my thing and I kept making them as for years as I continued to work as a freelance designer and illustrator. In 2015, I realized that butts were having a moment in pop culture and that’s when I decided to go for it as a full time artist.
It’s been an amazing past few years transitioning from commercial to fine art, not without it’s challenges, but also so rewarding.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art is fun first and foremost. The goal is to make people smile.
I also hopefully make women feel empowered and proud of their “ass”ets.
I’m inspired by all things pop culture, especially music. Aside from booties, I’ve been re-creating my cassette tape collection out of clay. I also make ceramic donuts and and I’ve recently started making booty boots, cause… why not?
I also just started painting again which feels amazing.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Try to set aside a time every week to just create. Stop thinking about finances and everything else and just focus on your art. You will be more productive in 3 hours that way than if you spend days on something with your head not really in the game.
Also, think about all the rich and famous artists out there. If they can do it, why can’t you?
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’ll be in the Every Woman Biennial in LA in June.
I sell the small booty vases online at www.meeganbarnes.shop and in a handful of stores including FlowerBoy Project in LA and The New Museum gift shop in NYC.
The larger original booties are in galleries including New Image Art in LA and Stephanie Chefas Gallery in Portland or you can buy direct from me on my website, www.meeganbarnes.com.
The ceramic donuts are sold at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and I’ve done some fun collaborations with Opening Ceremony and Axel Arigato.
- Website: www.meeganbarnes.com and www.meeganbarnes.shop
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/meeganbarnes