Both diminutive and feminine, the still-life arrangements Megan Ellen MacDonald’s vibrant make the viewer’s eyes pop and their mouth water. Constructing intimate and destructive relationships between objects MacDonald explores themes of gender and power dynamics through the lens of genre painting.
MacDonald was born in 1990 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. MacDonald graduated from OCADU in 2013 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting. She is currently based in Toronto. Filled with lush fruits and electric colors, her work is heavily inspired by the kitsch aesthetic of both academic painting styles and contemporary pop culture.
The most recent series of oil paintings from MacDonald challenge existing aesthetic hierarchies. “I get a lot of questions about whether or not my paintings are sincere or ironic, and I find it's difficult for some people to accept that they are both at once. I hate absolutism and I think my work embodies that” says MacDonald.
Painting from life and informs MacDonald’s process. Her compositions are studied collages of objects inspired by symbols of still life and landscape painting as well as inspirations such as science fiction, kitsch, found objects, and social interactions. Paint as a physical object also informs the artist’s choice of subject and composition.
MacDonald’s work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States.