Meagan Stirling

Meagan Stirling

www.meaganstirling.com

Meagan Stirling is an artist and educator who holds a BA from Whitworth University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Meagan lives and works in Santa Barbara, California where she is Assistant Professor of Art at Westmont College. Previously, she taught art at Whitworth University, the Beijing International College, and the University of Colorado Denver.


The paradox of daily life as safe and comfortable, juxtaposed with its polar opposite – the uncertainties of life – appears to bully the American Dream itself. My prints and installations examine complexities and illusions created through the antithetical patterns of daily American suburban life by exploring the extent to which perceived safety is part of the national psyche.

By combining printmaking, painting, and photography, my work explores the over-exaggerated idea of safety that becomes weakened by isolation, chance, and violence, to which we are all vulnerable. 

Yuji Hiratsuka was born in Osaka, Japan. He received a B.S. in Art Education from Tokyo Gakugei University, and degrees in printmaking from New Mexico State University (MA) and Indiana University (MFA). He is a professor of printmaking at Oregon State University. Hiratsuka has received numerous international awards. Since 2010 he has had 13 solo shows in the US, as well as in Korea, Canada and Northern Ireland. Some of the public collections that include Hiratsuka’s art are The British Museum, Tokyo Central Museum, Panstwowe Museum in Poland; The House of Humor and Satire in Bulgaria, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cleveland Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, New York Public Library, The Library of Congress and The Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art.
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