Culture/Nature/Structure describes the mutual entanglement of those seemingly disparate entities, and the multiple disciplines and professional fields in which I work.
CULTURE I understand culture by tilling my own visual and emotional landscape—that of blogs, network television, art lectures, research journals, books and online gif and video clips. My own artistic practice is a dialogue with existing cultures and an attempt to create new juxtapositions. I write about culture, design lights, sets and environments for art events, and, as a teacher, am deliberate and conscious about the culture I create within the classroom.
NATURE My work connects conceptually and practically with ecology and sustainability. I attempt to be conscious of my own ecological impact while addressing relevant issues within my own work. I understand nature as both a dividing concept and an all-pervasive entity. Within my artistic practice, I am constantly examining perceptions of ecologies and my own ‘nature’.
STRUCTURE The systems we live in shape and influence our perception of the world. My process is infused with research on institutions, norms and structures that I am participating in. I am always learning new organizational structures, logic, and ideas of efficiency, both employing and questioning them. Every creative project I take on teaches me more about my own values in administration, production management, conflict resolution, workplace dynamics, and creative process. I seek out structures that are both dynamic and stable– solid without being oppressive or stagnant. My artistic practice works in constant response to research– I have methods but not formulas.
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Meghan Moe Beitiks works with associations and disassociations of culture/nature/structure. She analyzes perceptions of ecology though the lenses of site, history, emotions, and her own body in order to produce work that examines relationships with the non-human. The work emerges as video, performance, installation, writing or photography depending on what arises from her process of research and improvisation.
She received her BA in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied playwriting, acting, movement and scenic design. She has an MFA in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied Bio Art, Social Practice, Environmental Chemistry, and performance methodologies.
She has presented work in California, Chicago, Brooklyn, Wales, London, Latvia, Australia and Russia. She has been a Fulbright Student Fellow in Theater to Latvia, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, an OxBow LeRoy Neiman Fellow, a Bemis Artist in Residence, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s recipient for the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists.