2021 Spring Exhibition > Meghan O'Reilly

Emotions are hard to confront; some of us run towards them, while others bolt in the opposite direction. Those internal struggles that we all face- mental health, navigating relationships, fears of inadequacy, and insecurities- can often feel like isolating topics. Although they are universally human, we tend to conceal such vulnerable sides of ourselves. My work aims to unearth these shadowed troubles, in order to invite a deeper sense of empathy to our relationship with art and the environment.

As a visual artist with an art historical background, I have a vivid appreciation for the creative process. I work to engage observers with my own multimedia art through vibrant colors, surreal compositions, and boldly intentional mark-making. My concentration is in oil painting, but I challenge myself to explore varied mediums. Metalworking is a new discipline for me, and has allowed me to experiment in creating different forms. I am drawn to organic imagery, such as: wildlife, invented landscapes, and figural expressions. These subjects feel the most relatable to me, as I confront the human condition in many of my works as a form of self-exploration. Although I am delving into personal issues and my own trauma, I want the work to have the power of speaking to others outside of myself. The practice of viewing art should be a leisurely, accessible activity, and I aim to encourage this deliberate mode of engagement.

Feel free to email with any inquiries: meghanrose13@optonline.net
Or reach out on instagram! @meghanrrose

Smell the Ooze
oil paint on canvas
18x27"
2019
Don't You Trust Me?
oil paint on canvas, with acrylic painted clay s'mores on a fleece blanket boarder.
approx 12x37"
2020
Imposter Syndrome
oil paint on canvas
16x18"
2021
Banging my Head Against the Clouds
Aluminum & Bronze with beads
approx 5x4"
2020
Banging my Head Against the Clouds (back)
Aluminum & Bronze with beads
approx 5x4"
2020
Sink or Swim
oil paint on canvas
21x30"
2021