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.
The investigation of ecological relationships within society and the landscape is the basis of my work. As an interdisciplinary artist, I create works that resonate with the materiality and rhythms of the natural world. My creative practice intertwines sculpture, handmade paper, found objects, printmaking, photography, and books arts. Research, both material and scholarly, is a critical component of my studio activities. I am an observer, collector, fabricator, and instigator of thought and haptic experience.
I have an expertise in hand papermaking 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 honors the plants as living organisms, while simultaneously engaging and educating viewers about the importance of invasive-species awareness. My work is placed based, inspired by the desire to interpret the landscapes of disrupted, invaded ecologies and natural phenomena.
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.