Ripe Tomatoes Artist Profiles #09
This week we’ve introduced you to all of the artists involved in our upcoming exhibition, Ripe Tomatoes. Each post included two artists, one graduate from Solent University (SU) and one from Winchester School of Art (WSA), University of Southampton. Today is the last day of artist profiles and there’s just under a week left until we launch the exhibition! Introducing Morgan Watson (WSA) and Megan Georgia Smith (SU) – you can find out more about their practices by reading on!
Morgan’s practice combines philosophical theory with relatable, humorous snippets of the everyday. She uses footage from interviews, wet-weather walks, conversations in the pub and scenes from the studio to create short, experimental films that explore the question, why do we choose to keep on living?
“My artwork attempts to deal with everyday life in a way that doesn’t make you think “oh fuck, not this again.” It enhances the idea of the collective experience of being alive in a way that is slightly less terrifying than watching the news. With the apocalyptic tones of today’s climate, it is easier than it’s ever been to spiral into an existential depression pit. My work aims to bring to light the people and the stories that make it all worth it.”
Megan Georgia Smith
Megan is a painter. Her large-scale works depict chaotic, overcrowded pubic spaces, shops and pubs filled with grotesque, exaggerated figures behaving badly. By amplifying and mocking stereotypical representations of British working-class people and youth culture, Megan’s practice remains critical of these harmful generalisations.
“My work is informed by my upbringing and my lived experience as a young, working-class artist from Aldershot. My paintings aim to eulogise a modern-day, working-class society (something that I feel is lacking in contemporary art) with the purpose of glorifying its citizens yet highlighting their struggles.”
To find out more about Ripe Tomatoes, follow the link below
Join us at 7pm on Friday 21st August for the live launch event! We will meet on Zoom and take an artist lead tour of the virtual Alfred Arcade featu