Megan Singleton is an artist, educator, and nature explorer. She is adjunct faculty at Webster University and the Art Institute of Saint Louis, where she teaches Papermaking, Photography, and Digital Art Classes. In 2005 she received her BFA in photography from Webster University and received her MFA in sculpture from Louisiana State University in 2012. Her studio is based in Saint Louis Missouri, where she investigates and collects materials from the landscape that can be used in the papermaking process. She was recently awarded a one-month residency for a wilderness, science, and art collaboration, called Aldo Leonardo. During the residency she will be working with researchers at the Monomoy Wildlife Refuge on the Atlantic Coast near Cape Cod and then creating work in response to her experience, data collected, and observations. In addition to the Aldo & Leonardo residency, Megan has also been selected as the Artist in Residence for the summer of 2013 at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado. Her work
has been exhibited Internationally and Nationally across the United States.
Statement of work:
“In Nature, One thing leads to another. Evolution is opportunistic, and everything builds on what was there before.” -Colin Tudge from “ The Tree”
Emerald Ash Borers are beautiful irridescent creatures that have been destroying millions of acres of Ash trees in the U.S. and Canada yearly, since their accidental introduction to the landscape in 2002. Adult beetles simply nibble on foliage, but the insects larvae scurry about under the outer bark feeding on the inner bark disrupting the trees ability to transport water and nutrients. Thus killing the tree but leaving behind an intricate drawing hidden beneath the outer bark. Just Beneath the Bark maps the imagined travels of an immature Emerald Ash Borer, the assumptions of its introduction to the landscape,the history of decimated forests, and projections for the future of the Ash Tree in Midwest and Northern America.
The investigation of ecological relationships within society and the landscape is the basis of my current work and research. 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 nine years and utilize my knowledge of this historic craft to create work in a contemporary context. I am interested in how art can address the natural world and connect with the physical actions of a growing living environment to engage and inspire communities and individuals.