Cracks in the Facade
This painting depicts a human skull resting inside of a teacup and surrounded by oranges and flowers. Both the teacup and skull are laced with cracks and the flowers have wilted. The painting's palette is bright and cheerful but a closer look reveals elements of decay. The arrangement appears to be an offering or decorative display that has begun to fade with time.
Megan Ellen Macdonald created this still life with 3D software. The artist then painted the arrangement in a process she refers to as "documenting." Macdonald's visual language employs objects considered both diminutive and feminine, challenging pre-established aesthetic hierarchies.
Megan Ellen Macdonald’s paintings create a visual language out of objects considered both diminutive and feminine—challenging pre-established aesthetic hierarchies. The artist uses 3D software to create still life arrangements, and then paints the results in a process she refers to as "documenting." Macdonald’s work explores what it means to embrace both femininity and power through the depiction of intimate and destructive relationships.
Megan Ellen Macdonald received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2013.
Solo exhibitions of Macdonald's work have taken place at: Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford, Ontario, Canada (2022); and Hashimoto Contemporary in Los Angeles, California (2021).
Group exhibitions that have shown Macdonald’s work include: Playground of Geometry at the Center of International Contemporary Art in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2022); Los Angeles Inaugural at Hashimoto Contemporary in Los Angeles, California (2021); IRL at Unit London in London, UK (2020); These Things I Have Seen at Art Gallery of Peterborough in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (2018); and GIFC at The Hole in New York City (2017).
Megan Ellen Macdonald was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont in 2018 and an artist in residence at Artscape Gibraltar Point in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2014.
Macdonald’s work has been published in national outlets, including Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s CBC Arts and the Toronto Star.
Macdonald lives and works in Toronto, Canada.