culture / nature / structure

Meghan Moe Beitiks

Artist Statement.

photo by Colin Conces/Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Our engagement with the environment begins in our perception of it. As an artist, I research human perceptions of non-humans, and use those findings as prompts to create multi-dimensional work. The research often includes interviews with people, as well as academic, cultural and visual research.

The work then becomes a space within which I remix and reexamine these understandings. I reach across disciplines, forms and media in order to create the relationships I seek in the work. It emerges as video, performance, installation, or some combination thereof. Research and impulse guide its ultimate realization.

Throughout the process, I reflect on relationships with nature and the non-human, and explore how those relationships connect to environmental stewardship. I want my work to incorporate a self-reflexive dialogue with culture —how it is created, what meaning it produces, and how those meanings reflect on me and my own perceptions—in order to open up a greater dialogue.

Ultimately I see my work as a series of exchanges of meaning, a reflection on relationships– with the goal of articulating connections between all entities.

INFLUENCES

As someone who has worked with appropriation, citation is very important to me. The following people and their work have had a significant and lasting impact on my practice and way of thinking, both conscious and unconscious. This list is continually updated. 

Liz Ensz, Marissa Lee Benedict, Lindsey French, David Getsy, Kate Zeller, Mark Jeffery, Mary Jane Jacob, Claire Bishop, Douglas Pancoast, Trevor Martin, Andrew & Hannah Barco, Ian Garrett, Monty Python, Rebecca Duclos, Jennifer Doyle, SF Sketchfest, Betty Beaumont, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Amy Franceschini, Claire Pentecost, Laura Caroline Critical Art Ensemble, Forced Entertainment, Lin Hixson & Matthew Goulish, Stuart Sherman, Blast Theory, Pamela Howard, Deke Weaver, Andris Freibergs, Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson, the Harrisons, Margo Zalite.

Robin Deacon deserves special mention as someone whose pedagogy and performance practice have had a profound impact on how I approach my own work.