Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
© 2017 Meghan B. Augustine
Badlands is a project that invites a viewer to be present and still. It
asks a viewer for their time, and requires contemplation, introspection
My work is a translation of the color made on a specific place. It
investigates the marks that we leave on the physical and psychological
landscapes, and what is left behind.
There is a rhythm to this project that touches upon process and
metaphor. Process permits metaphor, and ultimately the paintings
embody their own beings. Dirt, light, space and energy. Energy never
dies. It is only recycled.
This project veils and unveils time with the removal and addition
of paint. I employ formal devices with the material that shift from form
to formlessness, ultimately being more interested in the poetics of
materiality. There are visible and invisible shifts in the project. The
visible shifts are concrete. A change in light and surrounding space. The
invisible shifts are the scars and imperfections that lie beneath. It is
ultimately a search between the light and dark of life.
Augustine, Meghan B., "Badlands" (2017). CGU MFA Theses. 154.