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Megan Ace: Between Anarchy and Metamorphosis
December 4, 2015 - January 29, 2016
First Friday Reception: December 4th, 6-8pm
“’Mixed Media’ describes both literally and figurative my approach to art. I synthesize two-dimensional figures into three-dimensional surroundings to portray archetypal human stories. I mix incongruent materials and methodologies to create symbolic links between different points in time, between the physical and the immaterial, and between the viewer and myself .
I’m drawn to working with figures, seeing them as heroines caught in the troubles and triumphs inherent in human experience. Cast into perilous predicaments, these mythic protagonists face the struggles of loss, loneliness, hardship and heartbreak common to us all. Like the initiatory descent into the underworld found throughout mythology, the anarchy triggered by the disruption of cherished ideals and decay of familiar structures fuels the heroine’s metamorphosis and the creation of a new reality.”
Megan Ace studied art at Parsons School of Design in New York, and went on to study photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2006, and at the same time began working in digital photography. In 2010 she spent a year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and documented the extended journey online. Upon her return to Portland, she studied with Portland photographers Laura Valenti and Byron Will. In August of 2014 she set up the photography studio where she produced the current work, which explores her parallel interests in Jungian symbolism and the archetypal feminine.