A Conversation with Megan Heeres –
OL: A number of your pieces (including our cover image, Home Alone) seem to involve paint or ink drip. Is this a relatively recent development? Does it come from an interest in midcentury drip paintings or did it emerge from your own absorption with natural forces and organic forms? And how does a piece like SweetSweet actually operate to produce those odd ropy, bubbly, pooling forms?
Megan: Yes and no – dripping as an artistic process emerged within the last few years when I began working with more fluid media (as opposed to the paper, fabric and thread I had been working with just prior). However, it comes from a lifetime of summers on Lake Michigan and other bodies of water building drip castles with wet sand and water. The fascinating thing about these structures was their precariousness – they were subject to the forces of nature and time. As a kid, I loved the challenge of trying to build the structures quickly and sturdily enough to withstand these forces. As an adult, working in the studio, I take on the same challenge — pushing materials and processes to the precipice — trying to determine how much they can withstand.
Read entire interview: http://www.openlettersmonthly.com/flexible-and-ephemeral/
View works by Megan Heeres: http://www.reviewcontemporary.com/forever-the-future/
Megan Heeres is represented by Re:View Gallery in Detroit.