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Megan M Canning
BROOKLYN, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work investigates the relationship between science and memory, and is directly informed by neuroscience, immunology, anatomy, and physiology (with particular focus on the five sense organs). The human body is a source of inspiration and fascination, as it is the instrument of our lived experience -- both where and how we collect implicit and explicit memories. Hand-embroidery is my primary medium because sewing literally pierces the 'skin' of the paper or canvas, yielding an orderly, clean surface and a messy, chaotic underbelly -- just like the skin is a calm and placid exterior that masks the messy inner workings of the human body. As human beings, we are in a constant state of becoming, of being made by our emotional and physical experiences -- by what we have smelled or touched, what we have seen or heard, where we have been or what we have eaten. My work attempts to illuminate the intricate relationship between the physical body and the individual emotions and memories it gathers over time, inviting the viewer to contemplate their own understanding of what it is to be human.
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