If you’ve been into Motion Gallery at all over the past five and a half years then you will no doubt have seen Megan McCracken’s ghostly but also dream-like paintings hanging on our walls. She continues surprising us with images exploring the contrasts of light and shadow in her space and weather-based dreamscapes. Here mysterious themes forces one to look closer and longer for subtle hints and symbolism, which harmoniously blend into the picture. There are messages in each piece that can be interpreted in so many different ways, and whether it haunts or delights is left to the viewer to find out.
Megan tells us her painting process is very organic, never fully thought out or planned, therefore, the concepts and ideas will only become clear upon completion of the pieces. Rather than trying to depict a realistic image or form, she is interested in exploring the concepts of negative space, using darker and richer colors rather than lighter pastels.
She explains, “Over the years I feel that my work − or at least the inspiration for it, has morphed from solely introspective expressions of emotion to general psychological traits of humanity. Previously, it was a process of turning my attentions inward, thinking about events that happened to me personally, to piece together an idea that could be translated to canvas. Whereas now I turn to written works on psychology and alchemy, to convey statements that I believe to be true of humanity in general. In the end, I suppose it is all just different forms of introspection. Something that I think will always be consistent in my work is the inspiration I draw from the physical environment around me, whether it be images from space or nature. When it comes to my technique, I began only using acrylic paint, but am now using other acrylic mediums to add depth and dimension to my work.”
Megan’s current artworks can be viewed in our catalogue
Heavily influenced by films, books and music, Megan reveals that artists she finds truly brilliant and inspiring are Zdzisław Beksiński and Hieronymus Bosch, as well as photographers William Mortensen, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Arnold Böcklin, William Blake, Cornelis Bos, and David Rijckaert the Younger, to name a few. She also admits she is inspired by all art forms, particularly art movements such as the Netherlandish Renaissance, Early Renaissance, Late Gothic, Romanticism and Surrealism.
If she could positively change someone’s reality through an idea or feeling from her art in the smallest way possible, then her wish would be fulfilled. She says, “It doesn’t necessarily matter if the message I intend to portray is the message received, it’s that there is something there to be translated or interpreted.”
As a kid she loved making crafts and drawing pictures for her friends, but only started painting in her teenage years. She found that it was something she truly loved, however, this form of expression became very personal and wasn’t really shared with anyone.
Megan took two Photography courses through SAIT which were more technical than artistic. She uses the knowledge she attained to capture inspiring images of subjects she can use for paintings, as well as to take pictures of her finished artworks.
She primarily paints in acrylic now, having experimented with pastels and watercolours in the past. She is currently expanding her acrylic artworks with glosses, ink, clay, and pastes and has started incorporating these mediums into her next pieces.
You can view and buy Megan’s art at Motion Gallery, and find more of her artwork on Instagram
Images of previous works.
Written by Sandra Montgomery
Edited by Renee Laferriere