The First Artist I Interviewed At CSULB

 

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Megan Macuen is an artist who works with fiberistic material, and is a natural  weaver. Her  art pieces are shown in Max L. Gatov Gallery East, here at the California State University of Long Beach. Her art pieces are unknown and not one has a title or name, due to the fear of mislabeling or wanting to change the label after it has been officially named.

The artist first realized her passion for art was about ten years ago. However,  She studied fashion in the beginning such as, clothing and draping but then ventured off into weaving and working with MFA fibers. This is her second semester in the masters program out of the three year fiber program here at CSULB. She has no exhibition name nor labels her work as I stated previously. She bases the pieces off of the images they appear to look like, or items she is reminded of. Megan Macuen starts a piece with no initial intension of the outcome. She simply lets her mind flow and lets her creativity take the wheel, in a very natural state. Her art has no inspiration and begins with just a step by step process of whatever she comes up with. The art she has crafted so far ,start off with pieces and materials she normally finds at thrift stores. Then, she will eventually  take them apart, build on them or completley add her own twist.

Her largest piece was the most interesting, it took her a full semester to complete the project, while the other two were finished over winter. All her exhibits were extremely confusing yet gave me a feeling of wanting to learn more. Her biggest piece was a tall square structure with random parts hovering over it and hidden items underneath. However, it was all very clear to see. The other, was a satellite looking dish with jagged wooden sticks and pipes hanging out and woven into it. The last, was a long mop looking structure, very simple yet had an athletic look and domesticity. All her creations were white with subtle color added to them, which instantly set a trend of her style.

The biggest structure was my favorite, due to the interesting motivation behind it. From the bottom, it began with a net tied onto each leg and was woven like the top layer of an apple pie. Megan had first shared that the net resembled a fear she had as a child, but never really got into what that fear may be or had been. As my eyes moved upwards on the piece it ended up looking like a table top with dogs and ice creams glued to the bottom, which definatley confused me. Until, she had unraveled her story. The items placed under the table were children’s art that she has collected for years. The entire creation resembled the levels of perfection yet had the most generic look to it.

I guess the part that struck me the most was when I found out she leaves her work unnamed. I have always wondered how artists pick the certain names of their artwork, it would seem to be the finishing touch of it all. Like it would be an exciting last chance for you as the artist to get your point across. However, Megan doesn’t include that in her work, which seems bizarre. Overall, I believe I left the gallery more interested in what the artist was thinking when she began and ended the project  rather than what the finishing object actually looked like. It was an amazing feeling being able to be amused by what Megan Macuems thought process was other than the art piece itself.

 

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