This month’s featured artist is South Philly local Meaghan Paice! This is the second time Meaghan’s work has been displayed at Chhaya. Last March we hosted a collection of her paintings titled dripping, so clearly Meaghan is a Chhaya favorite! We asked Meaghan a few questions about her work and her inspirations…
What is your background?
Even as a little kid, I knew I wanted to be an artist and have pursued that ever since. I did work exchange at art studios in high school as well as working as a photographer’s assistant. I majored in fine art in college at UMass Amherst though I was, at that point, beginning to sink into depression and abusing drugs and alcohol more than taking my education seriously. I was lost for several years after college and began to figure things out more while in Hawaii creating candy for my own small business.
Why do you do what you do?
While I have always been a practicing artist and enjoyed most anything creative and expressive, it wasn’t until I came out of a severe depression several years back and was focusing on ways to maintain my mental health without medication that I re-dedicated myself to pursuing art as a daily practice. By practicing most everyday I am able to calm my mind, express things which I am not often good at communicating other ways, and give myself a purpose and voice and at my lowest points, a reason to breathe.
How do you work?
My preferred way to work is to wake up early, just after sunrise when I am stillbleary eyed and paint. My studio is in my home so I can stumble in before my brain is awake and I usually begin with ink explorations to loosen up. At least 4 mornings a week, I am painting before I’ve had coffee and before self doubt can creep in. I then photograph my work to revisit during the day to see it in new ways and come up with a way to go back into in the next day.
What was the inspiration for this collection? What are major themes?
This collection began after Trump and is heavily influenced by the ideas of feminism, the environment, erasing and burying history while still exploring my key ideas of control and chaos, and letting go.
Meaghan’s work will be on display through the end of July.