March 27 – SEPTEMBER 4
Works by Megan Constance Altieri
Sonder: The profound realization that everyone, including strangers passing by on the street, has a life as vivid and complex as one’s own.
Have you ever considered the intricate nature of every person you encounter? This can occur when we witness a first date at a coffee shop or notice someone sobbing on the train. These intricacies constantly surround us: whether in the smiles of strangers or the pains of a passerby, the world is rife with human emotion, triumph, suffering, humor, and complexity.
Over the past two years, artist and educator Megan Altieri has gathered fragments of overheard conversations and hand-stamped them on articles of clothing matching those of the speaker. Sonder features these conversational moments, seeking to help us grasp the beautiful complexities of humanity by allowing a momentary escape from our own lens. In exchange for our perspective, we are offered a truer understanding of our identity as a dot among a sea of dots.
The Art of Empathy
Megan Altieri’s new exhibition, Sonder: The Art of Empathy Through Eavesdropping, realizes that everyone, including strangers passing by on the street, has a life as vivid and complex as one’s own.
Sit back for a few minutes and hear from Megan as she discusses her inspiration, process and thoughts on her “medium”.
492 page hardcover book debut
This book is a collection of overheard conversations, of sonder moments, gathered by an eavesdropping artist over the course of several years. The comments are printed on a facsimile of the speaker’s garments and displayed in hopes of inspiring conversation, curiosity, and, ultimately, empathy for the strangers around us.
Altieri works as an artist and high school art teacher in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Conceptually, her work focuses on the effect of relationships on identity, the peculiarity of human nature, and the articulation of the psychological world. Formally, her work can be seen in both two and three dimensions and addresses visual dichotomies through reduction carving and the manipulation of found materials, fabric, and thread.