What is it that moves you? Could it be a single identifiable moment that sets one into motion? Is it a multidimensional sum of experiences that brings a person to one place over another? Or is it subtle, an inexplicable magnetism to a certain persuasion of thinking and doing? Artist Maegan Wynn explores this mystery in her most recent series of paintings and illustrations, “Labors in Obscurity.”
Within the span of a lifetime, a person will encounter a particular set of spaces both in waking life and in dreams. In the face of these environments, each person develops his or her own sense of self and sense of the world. Wynn observes her own experiences, mapping out spatial relationships between a girl, her dreams, her life, and her feelings and actions amongst it all.
These labors in obscurity, a search for something that is hardly perceptible, culminate into a dream-like documentary of the artist’s own life-experience.
Audio from the artist providing insight into the work:
Meet the Artist
Maegan Wynn will be at SOMArts on Thursday, December 10, 6:30–8:30pm. Visit the Ramp for a chance to meet the artists, talk about her work and inspiration, have a drink and enjoy her awesome artwork! While you’re here, stop by the Closing Reception for our current Main Gallery exhibition, A Place of Her Own. A cash bar will be available all afternoon.
Maegan Wynn grew up in the sweltering heat of Florida orange groves, where she was shown the warmth of humanity and learned the ambiguity of life as she bit into it; sweet, sour, bitter, juicy or dry – anything. She learned to swim through life in a plastic pool in the backyard before venturing into the rivers, oceans, and sometimes hurricanes that populated her home. This gentle introduction to the world, both terrifying and terrifically beautiful, inscribed an everlasting appreciation and inquisitive relationship with her surroundings.
Wynn cultivated an early love and/or compulsion to draw her surroundings as a child, and ultimately considers herself a documentarian or avant-garde scrap-booker. She works with watercolor paint, homemade pigments, charcoal, ink, in conjunction with plant and earth matter. In 2014, Wynn made the big dive into the wild and windy San Francisco Bay.
About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.
Image credit: Maegan Wynn, Touching a Heart in the Dark, watercolor and wax on reclaimed wood. 2015