Graduates 2022: Megan Hack: Fine Art Painting

“Moving to Brighton has been an invaluable experience by placing me in a hub of creative people as well as the sea, the South Downs and the coastline as a constant inspiration for my practice.”

My practice is in collaboration with the natural world. Blending the realms of art and science I work directly in the environment using organic processes to produce pieces which explore our tactile connection to nature. My work falls into and out of many mediums; using seaweed, sunlight trails, seawater, and mycelium to create and develop photographic prints and foraged plant dyes and earth pigments to make paintings and weavings.

As we emerge from a deadly pandemic, a period of isolation and into the midst of an environmental crisis called the Anthropocene, our relationship to the natural world has come to the forefront as a place of healing for both us and the planet. Another element of my practice is about this reconnection of people to land, focusing on the stillness, sanctuary and community that can be formed through creative, inter-disciplinary conversations. In this way I have worked with local allotments, youth groups and community centres and have received funding from the Crafts council, running workshops redistributing my research on ecological art and making these fields more accessible.

How have you found your course and time at Brighton?

Moving to Brighton has been an invaluable experience by placing me in a hub of creative people as well as the sea, the South Downs and the coastline as a constant inspiration for my practice.

 

How did you choose your course – why did you choose to study Painting?

I decided on Fine Art Painting as I visited the studios and met some past students who were so lovely and supportive, I really felt like I would do well to study in that environment.

 

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I really want to continue working on creative community projects as much as possible, as well as save up for travelling so I can see more of the world and meet more of the people in it.

Instagram: @Megan.w.hack

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