Meg Roberts Arsenovic is a ”first generation southerner" and artist based in Richmond, VA. Using a blend of sculpture, painting, and textiles, she draws meaning from each material and its treatment. Meg's work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Quirk Gallery Vault Space in Richmond VA and at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. With a B.F.A from Virginia Commonwealth University, Meg has exhibited throughout Virginia including The Taubman Museum of Art and throughout the country.
I draw from my time in different territories: north and south, rural and urban, rich and poor, male and female. I am constantly rewinding and fast forwarding through time in these spaces, trying to understand the development of biases and their impact.
I use bright colors and materials like faux fur and fringe to disarm, to lure the viewer back to that brief time of childhood malleability; A time when we are introduced to ideas about history, race, gender, sexuality, class, right and wrong, good and bad. (When I learned that “colonial” meant fun and old time-y, that the founding fathers saved us all from injustices, that Pocahontas was a hot Disney princess, that my town with one stoplight had two separate girl scout troops.) As adults, what happens when we reexamine what we were taught and how we were taught?
Is it possible to reshape our thinking?