MEGHAN YOUNG 

Painting
@meghanyoungart


Steady, 2020. Oil on wood panel. 14 × 11 in.
Quietly Angry, 2021. Charcoal and Conté crayon on paper. 24 × 18 in.
Reverberation, 2021. Oil on canvas and Styrofoam. 44 × 30 in.

I began obsessively creating sphere-like structures one year ago, unsure of what they were and why I was making them. Subsequently, my current practice is in constant pursuit of this shape’s meaning, striving to reveal the pulse behind my compulsion to represent and construct them. This evasive shape that I call the “Core” is a vessel constantly changing, powerful, illusionistic, ambiguous in size, and existing in multiple dimensions. Every artwork introduces me to a new version of the Core, as I push and alter its different elements and characteristics, working toward a deeper understanding of its potential.

The idea of interior versus exterior spaces and the myriad depths they can encompass is another driving factor in my practice, taking from the Op Art movement. My interest in creating dichotomous spaces to house the Core lends itself to the Core’s ambiguous scale, which I explore by making works ranging from handheld size to just beyond my own body’s limit.

Through material and technical experimentation, I confront the differences between drawing and painting, and how each serves as a different tool in pursuit of uncovering the Core. Charcoal allows me to utilize expressive marks and engage physically and emotionally with my drawings. They result from an intuitive process that capitalizes on the workability of charcoal—adding, erasing, and building off of each individual move. In painting, I prefer to harness the slow accumulation of paint to diligently re-create images that have been festering and growing in my mind. Through a multitude of thin layers and glazes, I am able to make subtle shifts in light, render specific textures, and create vibrant colors not possible in charcoal. In both mediums I render spaces punctured by depth, exposed by mysterious light, and balanced by the gravity of the Core.