American Artist Donates Art for Royal Blind Week

Posted: 14/01/2014 |

American Artist Megan Chapman has created a specially commissioned piece of work for the Royal Blind Week art exhibition and sale, which will take place at Gallery Seventeen, Edinburgh, between Thursday 20 February and 2 March. 

Name: Megan Chapman

Studio location?  I am currently based in the United States and work from my home studio in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

How do you work and what type of Art do you create? I like to work in a series and usually create twenty to twenty-five works exploring the concept I am interested in before I move on. I am a mixed media painter on canvas, panel and paper. In my paintings I combine vintage papers, maps, drawings, paint and sometimes words.

Describe your artistic style in 10 words? Abstract, mixed media paintings that tell stories real or imagined.

Where do you get your inspiration? I am currently inspired by my genealogy research and recent travels to Scotland. I love vintage and yellowed paper, maps and old hand writing as well as type. The music I listen to while working is a huge inspiration as well and filters into the work.

Who is your favourite artist? Oh this is like asking me to name my favorite color, so difficult to choose just one. I love the work of American photographer, Francesca Woodman. I love the vulnerability and complexity she was able to show at such a young age. I love the textures and depth to her work and the slight surrealist edge.

When creating a piece of art what couldn’t you do without? Music, good paper and tea.

Why did you decide to support Royal Blind and what does Royal Blind’s work mean to you?       I was thrilled to be asked to support Royal Blind as working with blind people has been important to me for a long while. When I was studying for my B.F.A. in painting at the University of Oregon, reading books on to tape for the blind students at the University was my work-study job. It was something I enjoyed doing and felt good about. I also was a personal assistant and reader to several blind individuals after University as well. Many of the individuals I worked with lead full lives with children, travel and high powered careers, that were enabled by the training and the advocacy they received from places in America similar to Royal Blind. Any time an organization can empower people to live full lives, be treated as equals and live beyond their perceived disability, is the highest achievement and is something I want to support and be part of.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given? Keep taking risks, keep moving forward and don't be so hard on yourself.

Finally, if you were a superhero what superpower would you have and why? I would like the power of teleportation so I could travel around the world in a blink of an eye.

Megan’s specially created artwork will be available for sale at the Royal Blind Week art exhibition and sale which will run from Thursday 20 February to Saturday 2 March at Gallery Seventeen in Edinburgh as part of Royal Blind Week 2014. 

For more information about Royal Blind Week art exhibition and sale please contact our Marketing and Fundraising department on 0131 229 1456 or to request a copy of the exhibition catalogue (available form  15 February) please email alisdair.caulfield@royalblind.org

To find out more about Megan and her artwork you can visit her website www.meganchapman.com