Megan Powell

Artist, photographer and filmmaker

Artist Statement

I am an artist, photographer, filmmaker, and storyteller. I use portraiture and cinematography to combine still and moving imagery. I began taking photographs aged seventeen whilst living in a homeless shelter. I used the camera as a survival tool through which I filtered my reality. This provided me with a creative language to articulate my personal experience, establishing a framework to consider the oppositions and interrelationships of 'Life and Art'.

I utilise narrative to separate my own self from my artist-self, placing my experience into a wider context. I analyse the mythology of the artist, exploring this with a childlike curiosity, rarely resolved and always searching. I aim to emphasise critique over confession, transferring personal experience into a wider, more universal context.

At the core of this exploration is a focus on attachment, connectivity, and patterns of interaction. My work is a process, a narrative, forever being re-written and re-appropriated with each new experience; like utopia, a place of ideals and of nonsense. My narrative is exponential - boundless, and unknowable. My artist self is a vagabond within, oscillating between returning somewhere lost and striving towards a point of congruence. Yet the more I persist, the more elusive it becomes.


Current Projects

After the Bees

'After the Bees' is a series of visual artworks collaborating, moving image, portraiture, photography, arts writing and sculpture, exploring the narrative premise of Einstein's prediction "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left".

The project will be informed by beekeepers, ecologists and sustainability experts, producing an original narrative exploring the conservation issues affecting bees through artistic practice.

Exhibition opens at Manchester Museum November 16th until July 2017.

With a film screening of surrealist documentary 'After the Bees' in March 2017 narrated by actress Maxine Peake.

Please find updates on Instagram and Twitter - @meganpowell122

Funded by Arts Council England

Full

A Moving Image Portrait

by Carol Mavor and Megan Powell

A beautiful film about an anorexic boy and a mother's failure to feed him.

Future screenings:
  • September 2016 - The Freud Museum, London
Recent screenings:
  • February 2015 - The Whitworth, Manchester - Screening of 'Full'
  • 23rd October 2014 - Stills Gallery, Edinburgh - Screening of 'Full' and artist talk
  • 11th October 2014 - Tate Liverpool Education Centre - Screening of 'Full' and workshop

Funded by Arts Council England

 


Education

2011 MA Photography, Royal College Of Art
2006 BA Interactive Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University
2004 Fine Art, University Of Castilla La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain