Coupling, 2015/ ceramic and glaze/ 15 x 10 x 9 inches
A Light Culture, 2015/ ceramic, glaze, resin, epoxy, and plasticine/ 70 x 50 x 60 inches
Young Unbecoming, 2015/ ceramic, glaze, glass, resin, epoxy and plasticine/ 36 x 53 x 74
Lunacy, 2015/ ceramic, glaze, glass, resin, epoxy, and plasticine/ 36 x 53 x 74 inches
Sardoni, 2015/ plaster, plasticine, and graphite/ 18x9x9 inches
Bloom, 2014 / ceramic, glaze, and cement / 26 x 17 x 18 inches
Undone, 2014 / ceramic, glaze, and cement / 18 x 21 x 27 inches
Coil Pot, 2014 / ceramic, glaze, and epoxy / 15 x 14 x 16 inches
Hidden Familiar, 2014 / ceramic and glaze / 32 x 22 x 25 inches
In and Out, 2014 / ceramic and glaze / 11 x 13 x 19 inches
Ribcage, 2014 / ceramic and glaze / 14 x 14 x 24 inches
Leg and Teeth, 2015/ ceramic, glaze, and epoxy/ 26 x 8 x 10
Using a traditional sculptural format (the monument), Meghan Smythe captures contradicting extremes within human gesture: intimacy and brutality, beauty and ugliness, or the lewd and tender. In her attempt to achieve an "elegant vulgarity," she encapsulates moments that define our mortality in unanticipated ways; oftentimes toeing the delicate line between erotic and macabre tendencies that give way to life, and ultimately death. Glass, ceramic, and concrete are woven together in an elaborate, orgy-like web of body parts and organic artifacts, as if suddenly cast with Pompeii-like circumstances. Like excavated antiquities or fossils, Smythe's ceramic compositions allude to the cyclical nature of civilization - a dramedy in which all of the players are subject to conquest and demise.
Smythe (b. 1984, Kingston, ON) received her MFA from the Alfred University School of Art and Design (NY). Her work has been shown at the Arizona State University Art Museum (AZ) and the Gardiner Museum, Toronto (ON). She was the Visiting Artist in Residence at California State University, Long Beach (CA) from 2012-2014, where she continues to teach Ceramic Arts. The artist lives and works in Long Beach, CA.