Megan uses photography to explore living with invisible disability. Outwardly she is perceived as healthy but inside her immune system is actively breaking her body down. This experience, while hidden, is one that has greatly shaped who she is. With the process of chlorophyll printing, which uses UV light to print images directly onto leaves, she is printing medical imagery from her recurring doctors visits. She is also printing images shared with her from within the disability community, highlighting their unseen experiences. She is printing on leaves to underscore the organic nature of disability while asking the viewer to confront the bodily impermanence we all share. Megan Bent is a New England based artist. She specializes in alternative process photography, specifically the process of chlorophyll printing. Her artwork has been exhibited widely across the United States in exhibitions at the Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, The Vera Proiect, Seattle, WA, The East Hawaiian Cultural Center/HMOCA , Hilo, Hawai'i, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, NM, and the Piedmont Council for the Arts, Charlottesville, VA.
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7 – 9 PM
Friday, November 22, 2019, 10 AM – 12 PM
Artist Megan Bent teaches contact printing, in which you can use the sun to print images onto cyanotype paper and fabric. Also, learn how to print photographic images onto leaves.
RSVP required. Please visit: library.austintexas.gov/megan-bent-workshop
The gallery will be partially unavailable on the following days and times:
12/5/19 - Texas Cultural Trust: 5 – 7 PM
12/10/19 – Generation Citizen: Civics Day: 7 AM – 3 PM
12/12/19 – Sensory Interactive: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
12/13/19 – City of Austin: Office of Innovation: 9 AM – 3 PM
Image: Cyclops, Megan Bent