Biography of the artist
Megan has been a practicing artist since graduating from the ANU Canberra School of Art in 1996, where they graduated with Honours, majoring in textiles with honours work in sculpture. Over the years they have used many different techniques to make their artworks including painting, drawing, printing and crochet. In their early career they had several solo art exhibitions and were in numerous group shows. The early work had an environmental focus, with pieces crocheted from plastic bags to make statements about the damage plastic bags can have on marine environments.
From 2006 to 2018 they were mostly focused on performance as a way of expressing their art. They have been a drag king in the Canberra community and a burlesque performer. They performed in several venues across Canberra and in a few productions by Miss Kitka’s House of Burlesque. They competed in the "Miss Burlesque Australia" ACT final in 2016, and in the same year won the inaugural "Most Kreative Kitten" in Miss Kitka’s House of Burlesque "Kitten of the Year" show. During their time as a performer, their work focused on queer identities, and pushed the boundaries within the burlesque scene. As a drag king, they hosted several workshops for up and coming drag kings, and people questioning their gender. They also produced several variety shows raising money for local LGBTIAQ organizations. During this time, they used their textile/visual arts skills to create individual, unique costumes.
Megan was a strong social justice advocate and worked as an educator for 17 years, supporting many disadvantaged/marginalised groups of people to grow and learn. Megan identifies as a few of the letters in the LGBTIQA alphabet soup and has been an active advocate for change and rights for LGBTIQA folk.
At the beginning of 2018 they were diagnosed with a chronic illness/disability. They decided to do a business course and develop their own business. This has resulted in the recent launch of Arachne Art, Megan’s business which focuses on products made using textile techniques. It has also resulted in Megan returning to their visual arts roots, as a way of expressing their art.