Megan Singleton, MFA Sculpture ’12 awarded residency for wilderness science & art collaboration

Megan Singleton in Louisiana swamp collecting plant material for paper making

Colorado Art Ranch and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute are hosting one-month residencies in six different wilderness biomes throughout the United States. Three artists were chosen for each of six locations. Artists will be collecting data with researchers and creating their own work in response.

The one-month residency for which Megan Singleton has been selected is an art/science collaboration in Monomoy Wildlife Refuge near Cape Cod After a couple of days of orientation the artists will work directly with the scientists collecting data and observations. Approximately 10-14 days will be spent mostly on data collection and then that work load will lighten so artists can work on their reactions/observations. Colorado Art Ranch are asking each artist to have some piece of work (visual, video, audio etc) within 60 days of the end of the residency.

The project, entitled Aldo & Leonardo, is inspired by the scientific wisdom of Aldo Leopold and the artistic genius of Leonardo da Vinci. During 2013, the U.S. Forest Service’s Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI) and Colorado Art Ranch will sponsor small groups of visiting artists and resident scientists for one-month shared residencies in or near six wilderness sites. The scientists and artists – visual, literary, and performing – will collaborate to produce a body of work that creatively illustrates the value of wild areas and honors the scientific efforts to preserve wilderness.

About Megan Singleton

Since graduating from LSU School of Art in July 2012, Megan has taught Image Manipulation, Intro to Photography, and Color Management as an Adjunct Instructor at the Art Institute of St. Louis, St.Louis, MO. And in the spring of 2013 she also began teaching Papermaking as an Adjunct Instructor at Webster University, St. Louis, MO

In addition to the Aldo & Leonardo residency, Megan has been selected as the Artist in Residence for the summer of 2013 at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado. The Artist in Residence program offers professional artists, composers and writers an opportunity to live and work in Great Sand Dunes NPP, benefitting the artist and those who will enjoy their unique vision for generations to come.

The Artist in Residence program offers professional artists, composers and writers an opportunity to live and work in Great Sand Dunes NPP, benefitting the artist and those who will enjoy their unique vision for generations to come.

View Megan Singleton’s MFA Thesis Show Eight Thousand Daughters Woven Into Bayou Braids here

Megan Singleton Artist Statement

Megan Singleton’s MFA Thesis Show “Eight Thousand Daughters Woven Into Bayou Braid”

The investigation of ecological relationships within society and the landscape is the basis of my current work and research. As an interdisciplinary artist, I create sites specific installations that resonate with the materiality and rhythms of the natural world. My most recent works intertwine the sculptural manipulation of wire and handmade paper, cast bronze, found objects, and large format books arts. I am an observer, collector, fabricator, and instigator of thought and haptic experience. Throughout my creative process I employ techniques that crisscross the boundaries of contemporary craft, sculpture, installation, and digital media. My interest in the contemporary craft movement stems from my passion for the art of hand papermaking. I have refined my expertise of this art over the last seven years and utilize my knowledge of the process to create intellectual work in a contemporary context using an ancient craft. Research, both material and scholarly, is a critical component of my studio practice. Collecting, testing, and discovering the properties of invasive plant fibers to be used in papermaking and sculpture is a catalyst for inspiration. Researching the history of the landscape where the plants were collected and the history and systems of the plants themselves allows me to develop content and reveal the relationships I discover through drawings and sculpture. This distinct process of material selection allows me to physically embed elements of regional specificity and conceptual implications into my work. As an active participant in the growing genre of Eco-Art, I am interested in how art can address the natural world and interconnect with the physical actions of a growing living environment to engage and inspire communities and individuals.

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