MUNTHE ART MONDAY: MEGAN JORGENSON
Name: Megan Jorgenson
Profession: Abstract-impressionist painter
Los Angeles, CA.
Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do.
My name is Meg Jorgenson. I'm an abstract-impressionist painter from Los Angeles. I work closely and intentionally with earth mediums.
Could you explain more about how being a woman has affected your career?
Both my mother and grandmother were artists. They encouraged me through a unique lense, that undeniably moved me into many expressional directions. I think there's such a strong, unbreakable force in the female community - when mixed with art it feels like magic at my fingertips. It feels radical and important.
Can you name some other female (artist) that inspires you and explain why they do so?
Hilma af Klint has been a profound inspiration throughout my career. Her Pioneering efforts creating a new movement in abstraction through spiritualism makes her such a fascinating individual. Her work truly goes beyond realms as it's layered in mathematics and mysticism, which dissolves the boundaries of our visible world. As a medium, she did not just paint art, she invites us with her.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being a female artist?
Standing out without comparisons, and not allowing myself to sink into molds that define me solely as a female artist. Thus far in my art career I have not yet been met with any outweighing gender parities that challenge me with being a female artist.
While I may have been fortunate presently, I don't believe that the undertones of our discriminatory past of women artists in the artworld fall completely by the wayside. Being a woman can be very challenging in general. I have had to work fiercely to honor myself as a woman, and to not sink into molds of objectifications in many aspects of my daily life. I have persistently tended to my sacred artistic space by surrounding myself with those who inspire, respect, and uplift me as an artist. Perhaps in this sense I may be dodging the existing bullets of a still male dominated society, but where there is rise there are many more ways to flourish. I can only hope that the recognition for women artists only continues to bloom in 21st century.
What would you like people to notice in your artwork?
It's nonviable for me to just make art. My practice is to bring myself and others back to a sense of renewal and meditative grounding. Our harmony towards nature is genetic and deep rooted. Human wellbeing thrives in connectivity to the earth because nature is a pure and healing essence. What is noticeable in my work is subjective, yet I believe that through attention to the impressions of my heartstrings to the land is interconnected.