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Meghan Spielman

MA work

At the Expense of Reason

At the Expense of Reason centers around the theme of sentimentality and our relationship with nostalgic objects. Drawing from personal sentimental items that previously belonged to my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, my work celebrates three generation of women.

Sentimental objects are imbued with the power to elicit an emotional reaction from the beholder. Conversely, the beholder has the power to instill an object with meaning. The force of the object and the force of the beholder foster an evolving relationship. The result is a fabricated reality, mirage of memory.

The objects that I am creating are permutations of personal sentimental items. By layering, distorting and weaving together the visual language of these sentimental items, I aim to meld the passage of time and memory into something new.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Textiles, 2017

    Specialism

    weave

  • Using weaving as my medium, my artwork implements traditional techniques such as ikat, gingham, or brocade in new and original interpretations. Often inspired by personal sentimental objects, I am interested in the relationship between a beloved object and the beholder. Through the creation of unique textile objects, I explore the fabricated reality, or mirage of memory that exists between an individual and object. Ultimately, my artwork aims to push the traditional connotations and contexts that surround textiles, while asking the viewer to reexamine their relationship with the medium. 

  • Degrees

  • BFA Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design, 2013
  • Experience

  • Assistant textile designer – Women's Collection, Michael Kors, New York, 2013–2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Chromatic Geography, Craft Ontario, Toronto, 2017; 34 x 14 x 10, Hockney Gallery, London, 2017
  • Awards

  • Worshipful Company of Dyers Colour Travel Award, 2016