Margaret Meehan is interested in the body. Not necessarily in how it works, but more in how it has been perceived throughout history. Her work is a research-based, multidisciplinary exploration of otherness. Her interests are predicated on the treatment of outsiders with the resulting work showing stories and patterns of behavior in multiple parts of society at multiple times. While much of the work draws from film, music and popular culture, it also references folklore and traditional crafts. Recent focus has been on the definition of gender and the expectations placed on and by women and others in defining its borderlands.
Meehan received her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1999. Following her degree she lived and worked in NYC until moving to Texas living and working between Austin and Dallas. She currently lives in Richmond VA and teaches at VCU.
Her work has been shown at ArtPace San Antonio, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Dallas Art Museum as well as Soil Art Gallery in Seattle, Flowers Gallery in London, David Shelton Gallery in Houston, Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas and Ulterior Gallery in New York, NY. Awards and residencies include the Nasher Sculpture Center Microgrant (2015), Artpace, San Antonio, TX (2014), The Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Fishers Island, NY (2013), Bemis Center, Omaha, NE (2009), the Dozier Travel Grant, Dallas Museum of Art, TX (2008). Her work has been featured in the Guardian, Sculpture Magazine, Patron Magazine, Pastelegram and Artforum, among others.