Meg Hartwig

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2020

Meg Hartwig is a visual artist, educator, carpenter, and justice activist based in Seattle, Washington. Her work questions constructs of power and control that enforce personal, sociocultural, and ecological imbalances. She uses the art-making process as an active and urgent attempt to create a movable fulcrum, one that cooperatively draws attention, investigation, and awareness. Hartwig’s work merges formal training of finely-crafted ceramic objects and illustrations with installation and experimental approaches to process and material. Specific place, space, and material context are often integral to her practice.

Hartwig has been hammering away since 2001 at a multitude of meaningful Sisyphean endeavors while creating and showing work locally and nationally. Along with her visual practice, she is an adjunct professor in studio art and collaboratively drives a small nonprofit, Sawhorse Revolution, which strives to foster confident, community-oriented youth through the power of carpentry and craft.

Field Dressing

Field Dressing, 2011

Wood

“Field Dressing” was created through Meg’s non-linear, emotive flow of ideas. The work is a free associative visual diary, directly reflecting the world and experience within it. Process is integral to Meg’s work.  She chose wood burning,  because of its familiarity to her Michigan upbringing. Using soon to be demolished tree/bushes, Meg  de-limbed them, and then created new limbs with decorated manufactured wood scrap that she collected She then re-composed a new, manufactured landscape, now existing as live wood, dead wood, and burnt wood.

360 view Mad Homes

Panoramic Photo by © Bradford Bohonus

 

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