Meg Walters is an emerging artist interested in the relationship between memory and identity. Through her upbringing in Bermuda and Canada, and now residing in Australia, she has developed a hybrid perspective towards the world and her place in it. This outlook encompasses psychological narratives, a natural connection to place and the elusive space between dreams. Her wistful landscape paintings occasionally include fragments of figure. These figures reference her often isolated and displaced sense of self in the world. Washes of oil paint are applied expressively and with purpose, layering memories and stories to invoke a lyrical atmosphere. The first layers are built up transparently, inspired from photographs and sketches gathered from the location. Walters is interested in the abstraction that occurs when unifying multiple images in a single painting. Colours are chosen not for their accuracy, but for their emotive qualities. The global pandemic, and how it affected Walters emotionally and logistically, became a catalyst for this current body of work. Restrictions meant that any travel was limited, which ultimately impacted her subject matter. It was with a renewed sense of appreciation for her hinterland home in Northern NSW that she chose to focus on her immediate surroundings. Immersing herself in forgotten rivers, icy swimming holes and solitary waterfalls created a backdrop for her imagination to take hold. Walters asks the viewer to embark on a journey into the unknown with her, to discard logic in favour of intuition and lean into her paintings, entering an imagined world.
Meg received her Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from Chelsea College of the Arts in London, followed by a Bachelor of Art in Illustration from Newcastle University, Australia. She’s presently undertaking her third year of Visual Arts Practice at Byron School of Arts in Northern NSW, where she currently lives and works. Walters has achieved sold out solo exhibitions in Bermuda and Australia and her work has also appeared in group shows in Bermuda, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and Byron Bay.
SOLO EXHIBITION: ‘YESTERDAY’S SUPERNOVA’ 5 November – 14 November 2020
SOLO EXHIBITION: 2021