Meagan Hepp is a Boston based artist and educator. They teach a variety of classes at Suffolk University, including Sculptural Thinking, Three-Dimensional Design, and Foundation Drawing. In addition to teaching at Suffolk University, Meagan also teaches ceramics at the New Arts Center in Newton, MA and is the Studio Manager for Harries-Héder, a Cambridge based public art team. Meagan serves on TransCultural Exchange’s Board of Trustees, as well as the Governing Board of Catalyst Conversations, a non-profit dedicated to the dialogue between art and science.
Hepp is best known for their small-scale sculptures made from discarded plywood, found objects, disco ball mirror, and used plastic, juxtaposed with a mixture of flocking and resin, resulting in abstract forms called Companions. These Companions are based on nostalgic pop culture references from Hepp’s childhood. Being cut off from their social networks and communities during the COVID-19 crisis, Hepp started to think of their sculptures as company. Just like one’s friends, each Companion occupies a different space and serves a unique purpose. In this case, some are for color, some are for texture, and some are just for comfort.
Similarly to the use of late 1990’s and early 2000’s pop culture references, Hepp also uses watercolor to render the “disco ball.” This work focuses on the organization—or rather, disorganization—of the colored light reflecting off of the mirrored pieces. In this way, the playful relationship of color, light and texture invigorates the social and physical spaces that the pandemic has denied us, merging Hepp’s aesthetic concerns with their emotional ones. Even though these boundaries are both physical and strict, the same disco ball can become quite fauvist depending on its surrounding environment. The reflected light and color can be constantly in flux, even wild at times, changing with the location, time of day, and the object’s movement. The color that surrounds the disco ball has the potential to influence the mood of the grid that lays beneath, which can be seen as a reflection of the ever-changing world around us.
As an artist, Meagan’s most recent solo show was at Shelter in Place Gallery, a miniature gallery created as a solution to the pandemic. The original Shelter in Place Gallery is now on view and owned by the MFA, Boston. Hepp's first solo public art piece, Shimmer, was on view at Monmouth Park in Brookline, MA in the warmer months of 2020. They are currently the emerging artist for Kingston Gallery.
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