Artist: Megan Bent meganbent.com/
Venue: Couch / 5423 Ballard Ave NW
Dates: Showing through March, art walk celebration March 16th 6pm - 9pm w/ artist
I think of my images as an ongoing visual diary, where I photograph my everyday experiences. I make images using a Holga camera, which is a low-tech camera made of plastic. Some of the characteristics of this camera are that it is prone to imperfections that appear on the images such as light leaks, dust, and scratches. This is due to the fact that the camera body is made of plastic and doesn’t fit together perfectly. So as a photographer I can have control over what I put in the frame, but I can never be sure of the results due to the lack of control over what happens inside the camera body. This became a profound and poetic way to make work after I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and the uncertainty of my own body and it’s perceived imperfections became a vocal presence in my life.
Many of my images are often of everyday mundane moments, but they become elevated through the characteristics of the camera. This reflects the way that I have come to appreciate the everyday through my own experiences of limitation.
My most recent work involves etching onto photographs. Through this process I embrace the visceral action of loss, and finding beauty through patterns of loss.
Megan Bent is a Seattle based artist, photographer, and teaching artist. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NY in 2004 and her MFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2012. Megan’s work focuses on using photographic techniques that embrace uncertainty, imperfections, and slowing down. Her work has been exhibited widely across the United States in exhibitions at the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO, The Arts at Marks Garage in Honolulu, HI, The Mighty Tieton Warehouse in Tieton, WA, and the Piedmont Council for the Arts, Charlottesville, VA.
Megan has been an artist in residence at the Honolulu Museum of Art and McGuffey Art Center in Virginia, and she has been a featured community exhibitor in the Look3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA.
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