Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Megan Uhaze attended Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and graduated with a BFA in Art History and a minor in Two-Dimensional Fine Art.
After graduation, a once in a lifetime job opportunity at the Johnson Atelier in Trenton, presented itself to Uhaze; which she quickly took.
What type of art do you enjoy most?
“I really enjoy 2D art – mostly, painting, printmaking and drawing,” Uhaze stated, “I just feel like there is such a blank slate…so much opportunity to just create entire worlds that you wish you could enter. I love art that has a great use of color and pattern and a very strong design element. I’m also very graphic when I work and am drawn to other works that have that same quality.”
What are your specialities?
“I wouldn’t say I’m a master of anything, because if I was, then there would be nothing left to explore or learn, and that would be boring,” Uhaze heartily laughed, “But if I had a speciality, I guess it would be painting or printmaking. I’m very fond of silkscreen and linoleum cut prints and I use these methods often. I also love to do mixed media work, blending prints with painting, or drawing back into my prints once they are dry.”
Sounds amazing right? Check out her work! Catch her at a show!
As an artist, do you take criticism well?
“I believe I take criticism well…I would say I’m guilty of criticizing, we all are, so I better be able to take what I give. I really just look at everything that’s said about my work as a matter of opinion and I’m glad to hear all different viewpoints,” Uhaze said, “I would be disappointed if someone liked my work just because they thought they should because others did. I believe everyone’s opinion on art is personal because artists in museums are famous and their work is considered the best of the best, but that doesn’t mean you have to personally like every single one.”
What are your subjects?
“My subject matter is all over the place, so that’s a great questioned,” she laughed. “Being an Art Historian, I get hooked and interested in different subjects I study, which normally ends up influencing my imagery and thoughts. For example, while taking a course in college, in Northern Native American Art, I became very interested in the effects of the railroad construction on the native buffalo population in the Central United States. Studying that topic led me to create a painting called ‘We Killed the Buffalo,” which discussed how I felt about what I had read. So basically, my work depends on what I’m thinking about at the time and what I’m concerned about.”
See, history has a big, positive impact on minds today!
Who are your inspirations?
“My favorite artists are Gilbert and George, Van Gogh, any surrealist art, Sigmar Polke, Alphonse Mucha and so many more! Mainly, when I look at artists, I’m looking for the sense of design, pattern, color and interesting ways of expressing ones thoughts that I can relate to.”
Gilbert & George: http://whitecube.com/artists/gilbert_george/
Van Gogh: http://www.vangoghgallery.com/misc/bio.html
Surrealism originated in the late 1910’s and early 1920’s as a literary movement that experimented with a new mode of expression called automatic writing, or automatism, which sought to release the unbridled imagination of the subconscious. With the publication of the ‘Manifesto of Surrealism’ by poet and critic, André Breton (1896–1966), Surrealism became an international intellectual and political movement.
In 1925, Breton substantiated his support for visual expression by reproducing the works of artists such as Picasso in the journal La Révolution Surréaliste and organizing exhibitions that prominently featured painting and drawing.
Sigmar Polke: http://www.google.com/search?q=sigmar+polke&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&p…
Alphonse Mucha: http://www.muchafoundation.org/
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
“Oh jeez…five to ten years…I don’t know…definitely still making art, that’s for sure. Maybe I’ll be abroad, exploring and hopefully, no matter where I am, new ideas and images will come along with new mediums.”
What was your September exhibit like for you?
“This show, for me, was personal, like they all are,” Uhaze stated. “There’s nothing scarier and yet more exciting than showing your work. Every piece is so personal, so much of yourself gets poured out, it’s almost like being stripped naked and shoved out into a room full of people when you show your work,” she laughed. “This show was important to me because I don’t know about everyone, but I definitely worry about finding time for my own art when I work a full-time job making art for others. It always makes me feel proud to know that I stuck with it, that no matter how tired I am at the end of the day, my art means enough to me that I come up with new work every year, maybe not as much as I hope for, but its still good…” It’s still something, Miss Uhaze.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
“I don’t know if I have a greatest accomplishment…I hope that is yet to come somewhere down the line. All I can say is from a young age, I told myself I would be where I am now – I said, ‘Hey mom, I want to draw for a living,’ and to my surprise, she said ‘Then do it,’ and so I did. I think its the best feeling in the world, knowing that you didn’t compromise what you wanted in life; that you made it happen, even when it seemed really hard.”
“Ya know every month I pay that huge college loan payment like I know many others my age do…they said ‘Man, art school’s expensive and its tough out there,’ but in the end I went to a school that helped me grow; I work at a job that allowed me to improve myself artistically everyday and learn from other amazing artists, and I’m making art, so I’m happy to say I dont regret a single move.”
What’s the best advice you’ve been given in pursuing your dreams?
“I’m still young and still learning, but if I had to say something to other artists out there, I guess I would say, ‘Just Do It.’ Don’t sit there and think of every rational reason why you shouldn’t, don’t over analyze your ideas thinking they aren’t up-to-par or important or good enough, Just DO It. Just put a brush to a canvas, and start, sometimes that’s the best work, when it just evolves from one polka dot you put on a canvas that sparks an idea.”
What artist would you love to meet?
“I guess I would love to have a conversation with Salvador Dali, but who wouldn’t? I secretly think I just really want to see the mustache in person,” she laughed.
Where would you love to see your art displayed?
“I would love to see my work on the wall in the Whitney, in New York. One day…but if that never happens, I will still be the happiest person on earth, just knowing I never stopped creating and learning…I just kept making art because at the end of the day, as much as I love sharing it with others, it’s really for me. I think I need it personally, to get through this crazy thing called life.”
What’s the craziest thing you’ve created?
“Oh my goodness,” Uhaze stated, “well, I do have one painting called “Red Stag,” that…let’s just say involves me, a deer and a deers butt. I had a terrible cold and was having a rough week – the painting is a result of that. It probably won’t make it to any shows (haha).”
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