Megan Singleton is a practicing artist and educator based in St. Louis, Missouri. She is adjunct faculty at Webster University where she teaches Papermaking and Studio Art Courses and has worked as a digital artist for Bruton Stroube Studios since 2005. She received her MFA in sculpture from Louisiana State University in 2012 and her BFA in Photography form Webster University in 2005. Her installations crisscross the boundaries of contemporary craft, combining sculpture, hand papermaking, and digital applications. Her work explores the intersection of dendritic systems and patterns found in waterway, plants, and paths of travel. She actively exhibits nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Megan serves on the advisory board of the hand papermaking organization Friends of Dard Hunter and is a member of the International Art Collective Expanded Draught, based in Galway Ireland.
Artist Statement The investigation of ecological relationships within society and the landscape is the basis of my current work and research. As an interdisciplinary artist, I create works that resonate with the materiality and rhythms of the natural world. My work visualizes the intersection of dendritic systems found in waterways, plants, and paths of travels documented terrestrially and aerially. Throughout my creative process I employ techniques that crisscross the boundaries of contemporary craft, sculpture, installation, and digital media.
My interest in the contemporary craft movement stems from my passion for the art of hand papermaking. I have refined my expertise of this art over the last ten years and utilize my knowledge of this historic craft to create work in a contemporary context that transforms invasive plant fibers into works of art. This process of collection and transformation allows for these plants to be honored as living organisms while simultaneously engaging and educating viewers about the importance of invasive-species awareness. Outside of the studio I collaborate with scientific communities to engage in a dialog that seeks to discover how artistic practice can influence scientific methods and how scientific methods can influence artistic practice.
Research, both material and scholarly, is a critical component of my studio activities. Collecting, testing, and discovering the properties of these invasive plant fibers and insect species informs my artwork. I begin by investigating the history of the landscape where these species thrive. Then by also studying the history and systems that these species embody I am able to develop content and reveal the relationships I discover through drawings, sculpture, and books. This distinct process of material selection also allows me to physically embed elements of regional specificity and conceptual implications into my work.
I am interested in how art can address and engage people with the natural world, and connect with the physical actions of a growing, living environment. This, in turn, can inspire communities and individuals to care and foster the growth and revitalization of our landscapes and their natural systems.