Conduit Gallery presents Margaret Meehan: "After Laughter" opening day
Conduit Gallery will present "After Laughter," Margaret Meehan’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.
Focused on new mixed media ceramic sculptures and collaged drawings, this body of work was created during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the United States’ recent political unrest, and a reawakening of the Black Lives Matter movement; born from outcries against anti-black violence and systemic racism.
While these issues are not the dominant subject matter of Meehan’s work, they played an important role in her understanding of why and how to find connection in the face of social and political trauma on both a personal and global scale. After Laughter reflects on a year of isolation, personal loss, and the absurdity of tears that come suddenly from both sadness and joy. It explores themes surrounding mourning, longing, transition and hope with humorous and melancholy imagery.
With "After Laughter," Meehan continues her 20-year investigation into otherness by linking those who identify as women with a parliament of overly emotional owls and stoic songbirds. Owls were chosen for their symbolism of both wisdom and death and as shape shifters who can warn of danger but also usher in change.
The exhibition will be on display through March 27.