About Meg Walling
Meg Walling is a painter and mixed media artist who was raised in western Pennsylvania, where she first registered the impact of color and developed an appreciation for the natural world that remains an important inspiration to her artwork today. Colorful, textural and vivid, her paintings highlight the beauty, geometry and starkness of the desert landscape where she has lived for the last 45 years.
Meg is drawn to geographic areas that are visually rich, have a strong sense of place and extremes in environment. Now known for her abstract landscapes and figurative work, she has exhibited in numerous southern California galleries, commercial public spaces and in the Palm Springs Art Museum. Her paintings both on canvas and paper are found in private art collections from New York to southern California.
My work attempts to depict what lies beneath the obvious, to reconcile the realistic and representational aspects of particular places and moments with the underpinnings that reveal the implicit and universal.
Connected to the idea of universality is the opposing notion of personal sovereignty. I am interested in how our culture recently is experiencing the chaotic assertion of difference when, in fact, I believe there is more that connects us than separates us. As a response, I wish to engage the emotions and imagination of the viewer to take us to common ground.
My aim is to expand upon the idea of shared truth in all possible contexts. With the use of form and color in my painting, I wish to transcend the journalistic report of the present moment, to suspend the obvious, to allow the nuanced and to see with new eyes. I believe that it is within this paradox that the shared experience is possible.