March 27 - September 4
Works by Megan Altieri
Sonder gained recognition from the public at ArtPrize when viewers immediately connected with the humanity of this work, warranting the ‘18 ArtPrize Installation Public Vote Award. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is excited to be the first location to debut Sonder since its success at ArtPrize.
Our hope with bringing Sonder to the SCA is to foster conversation about human complexity and the power of empathy. True to the definition of the word, Sonder illustrates the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as our own. In our awareness of even a single other person we begin to grasp the magnitude of the 7.6 billion coexisting realities all as specific and important as one another. Displaying these garments on a series of clotheslines illustrates nakedness and openness, encouraging viewers to embrace vulnerability.
Megan Altieri works as an artist and high school art teacher at Wellspring Preparatory High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Megan taught art camps for two summers with the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, and has continued a relationship with the SCA ever since. We were privileged to visit Megan’s classroom at Wellspring last spring, where her students experienced the amazing films of Mountainfilm on Tour.
Conceptually, her work focuses on the effect of relationships on identity, the peculiarity of human nature, and the articulation of the psychological world. Formally, Altieri’s 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.
Thank You To Our Sponsors
Perrigo, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts