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.
Opening and Film Festival
Sonder opens during the Real to Reel Film Festival on March 27. Megan will be on hand leading special interactive programming related to her process. Click below for details about the Real to Reel Film Festival, how to experience the Sonder exhibition and meet Megan.
In Your Classroom
The SCA is inviting youth (grades 8th – 12th) to work exclusively with Megan Altieri. Megan will curate conversation about skin color and ethnic identity to help students conceive and create original self-portraits puppetry that will be on display at the SCA, debuting at our Humanae event on Friday, February 28th, beginning at 5PM.
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.