Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Mueller.
Megan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m from Manassas Virginia. A small-ish town in Northern Virginia and a suburb of Washington DC. My town is known for having two civil war battles fought in it. It was once rural but is now developed in the strip mall, lots of McDonald’s kind of way. I once heard that it has the most McDonalds per square foot but don’t know if that’s true and can’t be bothered to look it up.
We did have a cool plant nursery in town, and for decoration, it had dinosaur sculptures with their arms broken offlining the entrance. I spent a lot of time going to my grandfather’s cabin in West Virginia on weekends and over school breaks. Before my parents divorced, we moved a lot. I lived in Nokesville Virginia for two years next to horses and farms.
I walked around in the woods a lot as a kid. I remember climbing a tree by myself and getting to a certain height and being face to face with a big snake chilling in the tree. I think I ran home as fast as I could and told no one what I saw. My road to art is windy; my first degree is in political science. I worked briefly for a contractor for the justice department before quitting to go back to school for art.
I did a second undergraduate degree in sculpture, which opened my world up to critical thinking and alternative lifestyles. Then, I headed to DC for an internship at the Hirshhorn Museum, cleaned bird poop off outdoor sculptures for two summers. I met my husband, ran a project space in my living room, moved to Santa Barbara for graduate school.
Moved to LA in 2015. Now, I live downtown in my studio with my husband and cat and walk dogs and make things.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am crazy interested in time, in particular how it is a universal experience but also a system. So my work has taken shape in many different capacities throughout the years, but the underlying interest is time, well and timing, and rhythm and pauses and cycles.
For the past two years, I’ve been making images by putting flowers and plants on a flatbed scanner. I’ve scratched the hell out of the glass of the bed; it’s been stained with pollen, sap, and dye. If there is any kind of movement of the object while the scan is in progress, glitches occur. I love how the scanner captures information.
The light bead which I always assumed was a laser (LOL) is actually just a little flashlight illuminating the object being scanned for the scanner head to capture information. When viewers look at my work, I want them to investigate how it is made, to consider the negotiations between experiences in the physical world and their digital depictions.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
1990 – Coin dive, deep end of pool, Sudley Club, 4th of July
- Address: 857 S. San Pedro Street #303
- Website: www.meganmueller.com
- Phone: 703-586-0795
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- Instagram: @megamueller