Living and working in Sydney, Studio A’s resident romantic, Meagan Pelham, has a weakness for romance. Her delicate pencil drawings depict brides, wedding cakes and love-heart shaped cocktail glasses posing elegantly next to handwritten poetry. Meagan has developed a practice of repeatedly drawing owls, which she believes are the most romantic of all animals. Meagan calls these drawings her Love Owls. Meagan has an established practice in painting, drawing and performance. She has exhibited widely, at Casula Powerhouse, SCA Galleries and Artbank, and undertaken major collaborations with Erth Visual and Physical Inc., Koskela Creative Studio, Red Room Poetry, Cicada Press at UNSW and with Australian fashion label Romance Was Born.
‘Kennel Crafters’ honours the local canines of Kandos. Studio A artists Katrina Brennan and Meagan Pelham encountered countless friendly dogs during their multiple artist residencies. Inspired by these pretty pups, the artists will transform the Kandos Crafters store into an altar paying homage to the pets we love. Using textiles, sculpture and drawing, the shopfront window will become a glowing homage. Throughout the festival the artists Katrina and Meagan will be live on site knitting bespoke puppy collars adorned with personalised pet portraits. Please drop in to experience the artists at work and of course bring your canine. This project has been supported by Studio A and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
In 2017 Meagan performed as the Owl Bride in birdfoxmonster, a collaborative production with Erth Visual and Physical Inc. presented by Carriageworks. In 2018 she performed her Love Poem Sorceress at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (as part of Bella Plus Connect) and in 2019 she, with six other Studio A artists, produced a 175 sqm mural for the University of Technology Sydney, titled Bird Life Jungle Disco. Meagan has collaborated with fashion house Romance Was Born to create collections that feature her romantic handwritten musings and artwork. In 2020 Meagan was one of seven Studio A artists commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW to create Love Owls and mermaids singing in the rainbow pop. The 300 sqm mural was located in the grand entrance to the gallery as part of its Archie Plus program.