Human Conditions | Meghan Sullivan

Minnesota Gallery | On view through June.
“The significance of human existence can be found in ordinary interactions because our lives are made up of millions of small, seemingly insignificant moments. My figurative ceramic sculptures are observations of the emotional and psychological aspects of communication within these interactions. It is a contemplation of the dynamics of human connection and disconnection. Our personal relationships can be puzzling, contradictory and mercurial. There are layers of information in each person that color their interpretation of the world and of themselves. The sculptures dissect elements of each relationship by capturing moments within them. The complexities and the subtleties of interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics can be observed in the prosaic and ordinary events. The work speaks to the quiet, intimate moments that occur in our lives as we age and evolve. The sculptures become allegories for human vulnerability and fragility. Each piece is part of a discursive inner narrative. One specific instance in a larger experience is used and extrapolated from in order to create the final composition. The imagined past history of the figures, although unknown, is as important to me as the present narrative. Therefore, while the conclusion may not be clear, the meaning of my work is found in the pondering of it.” – Sullivan

Meghan Sullivan is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2011, a post-baccalaureate from the University of Florida – Gainesville and her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2000. She has been a resident artist at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, the Women’s Studio Workshop, the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and Mudflat Studio. From 2014-2015, she was the Visiting Artist at the Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida. She is cur­rently the Uihlein Fellow of the Studio Arts at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her work is nationally exhibited and will be on view in the Minnesota Gallery throughout June.