October 23 - December 7
In Undeveloped Memories, Megan Bostic marks moments in time altered by the loss of her mother, etching into found glass slides. This piece is a contemplation on the years after a loss, on everything that’s forever altered.
Some undeveloped memories are fragments,
This is when you would’ve turned 51. We weren’t sure what to do.
I kept one flower from your funeral. You didn’t even like flowers.
Others long for an alternate reality--one in which she’s still here, yet others observations on moments when her absence is heaviest.
Joel had his first child. We’ll tell him about you.
Once it’s been five years, I’m not sure he’ll ever be okay.
He still carries your photo in his wallet.
ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO
Megan Bostic’s mixed-media fiber work focuses on the intersections of loss, grief and identity. In her early to mid-twenties, Bostic’s work derived its concepts from grief over the death of her mother. Now, her concepts stem from the idea of loss—not only loss of life, but loss of memory, loss of identity, loss of autonomy and how these losses are intertwined.
Increasingly sculptural and installation-based, Bostic’s work is driven by concept, material exploration and textile techniques. Her materials must speak the same language as the concept, which is why she favors found materials. Bostic is attracted to the associations we have with them, the stories they come with and what layers of meaning she can add. Whether stitching on hospital bracelets and bed pads or encasing human hair in resin, her work is evocative and experiential.
The heaviness of certain emotions and experiences are difficult to give words to and seem to elude verbal expression. The process of creating something visual and tangible allows Bostic to sort through the experiences, find meaning in them and offer that meaning to viewers. In her work, she strives to evoke empathy and a shared understanding of loss—we’ve all experienced loss in some way. Bostic puts her work into the community with the intention of increasing the conversation that surrounds those losses.
Megan Bostic was an Artspace Regional Emerging Artist-In-Residence at Artspace from January-July 2017. She holds a Masters of Art + Design from North Carolina State University and Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Studio Art and Art Education from East Carolina University. Megan has worked in the visual arts, arts education, community outreach, and nonprofit worlds for the last ten years. She currently serves as the Programs Manager with Arts Access, Inc, working to make the arts accessible to people with disabilities. Her most recent exhibitions include Constant / Change at GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, Processing at Artspace NC, and Catching Ourselves at the Cary Art Center.