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.