Graduate Show 2019: Megan Willoughby: Painting

Through key themes of Craft, Agriculture, Ecopsychology and Storytelling my practise intends to rouse confidence in one’s ability to be self-sufficient and resilient both physically and psychologically.

By utilising basic skills and everyday materials the work seeks to solidify what is felt, trusting in my hands as tools for understanding in order to find out what is needed through a process of distancing. Pieces intend to re-enact the life and deaths found in the everyday, often appropriating myth and folklore to communicate a reflection of oneself. Yarn is the key structure in most, if not all of my work, supporting a web of encounters within tension and balance. Pieces are wrapped, held and protected by the yarn but then allowed to turn, rot and sprout, juxtaposing the control we seek with the instability of life.

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Please tell us about your final year project

My final installation is titled From them I made what I thought I needed, and in return they gave to me how they changed. The components function as ‘findings’ that aim to facilitate self-discovery and resilience through the creative reasoning of material fictions. The installation as a whole is transient, as the milk turns and the potatoes rot, and eventually will be deconstructed, reused or thrown away; ready to change as the needs of sense-making change. In this way I hope that it functions almost like a story, with key symbolism providing a loose structure for viewers to navigate as they respond to what they see.

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How have you found your course/time at Brighton?

I have really enjoyed being in Brighton, my course has such a great community as do others at Grand Parade and we all mix together which I think is really important. I’ve been really encouraged in perusing whatever direction my works takes me in and also personally when I have hit hard times I have been supported by my tutors.


What are your plans after Graduation?

I’m planning to live in between Brighton and Somerset for a while, still making art and hopefully putting on workshops that I have developed from my work, addressing head and hand relations and increasing confidence in people’s creative ability to support themselves and to be resilient. I want to work as much as I can within local communities, for example on my mum’s Community Farm in Somerset and hopefully similar organisations in Brighton. I’d love to be able to integrate my practise within cooperative structures as much as possible in the future.

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