Thursday, June 17, 2010

Artist of the Week: Meg Coonelly

As the inaugural post I think it's important to know where the TBD came from. We will focus this week on Founder, Meg Coonelly. Due to the fact that I am Meg Coonelly and I am writing these entries, I will not be speaking in the third person. Sorry to disappoint anyone.

I have considered myself many things over the years, but the most important title to me is the title of artist. I remember all through college my Dad asking me what I planned to do as an “artist.” My response was always simple “I would figure it out.” The truth was I had no idea. I almost took the Forrest Gump approach to situations responding with an “oh, ok.” Just move forward with the idea and execute it; one thing will always lead to another. That is how TBD Artists was formed. It was an idea on a whim and it is through the support and confidence I have in the TBD and its fellow artists that keeps us moving forward.

Education wise I attended Arcadia University, and I could easily be identified as the person with paint all over her clothes, literally. Researching artists was a pleasure and it was how I found my “all-star” team of artists and influences. My All Star Team Includes: Paul Cezanne, Wayne Theibald, Frank Auerbach, and John Singer Sargent. Theibald's cakes and carnival prizes intrigued me and while many thought of his work as “pop,” he merely painted of nostalgia. I look to that in my recent works (pictured above). To a normal eye they are studies of fruit “paired off”. To me they are studies of relationships. I attempt to continue to pour myself in my work whether finding inspiration in fruit, desserts, or a coffee cup.

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