Meg Atkinson's work explores figure/ground relationships by juxtaposing Ad Reinhardt-like "disinterested" abstraction with text and/or organic forms. The elation she feels when she finishes a painting is like no other. It has to do with the fact that while she is identifying for each painting its essential visual problem she is also at the same time solving it. This duality explains why she experiences so much failure. In addition to growing a visual language (influenced by comics, medieval painting, and hard-edged abstraction), she also seeks the combustion that happens when intellect and imagination are combined.
Meg Atkinson is an artist and art educator who lives in New York City. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 1984, and her MFA from CUNY, Queens College, in 1991. Meg has exhibited in New York City and the tri-state area, including shows at ODETTA, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Geoffrey Young Gallery, and Storefront Ten Eyck. Meg has also contributed to the blog, Painters on Paintings, and has had fiction published in BookCourt's literary magazine, Cousin Corinne's Reminder. Meg lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.