I make colorful paintings and whimsical found-object sculptures.  In each piece I create surreal vignettes by re-contextualizing recognizable imagery, and combining it with exuberant abstraction. I do not pre-plan my artwork.  Instead my work guides me through an intuitive, nonlinear process of inspiration, inquiry and integration of newly conscious experience.

 

My creative practices functions for me like a psychotherapeutic relationship between therapist and client, or between healer and patient within and shamanic ritual.  Psychologist Philip M. Bromberg calls the space where the unconscious and conscious meet the “interface of dissociation” in psychotherapy. Holding this safe space within my studio allows previously unknown parts of my psyche to show up as imagery and emotional experience.  The integration of these experiences endows a sense of wholeness that Bromberg calls, “the primary source of healing and growth.”

 

My works speaks to Surrealist artists Max Ernst and Gorgio D’Cirico, Visionary artists Mati Klarwein and Pablo Amaringo, and contemporary artist Sarah Sze.  The contemplative function of my artistic practice along with the visceral and emotional qualities of my imagery, speak most directly to the work of artist Frida Kahlo.  The imagery in my work is not representation, rather a journey itself.

Megan Bisbee 2012-2019