Margaret Meehan is interested in the body. Not necessarily in how it works, but more in how it has been perceived throughout history. Born in the 1970s and educated in the 1990s during the emergence of third-wave feminism and the Riot Grrrl movement, she is drawn to cycles of representation—in particular, the tendency for women to be depicted as monsters. Meehan’s work undertakes a research-based, multidisciplinary exploration of difference, acceptance and aggression. While much of the work pulls 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.
Her work has been shown at ArtPace San Antonio, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Dallas Museum of Art 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.
She currently lives in Richmond, VA.