Felicia Megginson,Crossing Over, from the series Communion, 2001, toned gelatin silver print

Felicia Megginson,Crossing Over, from the series Communion, 2001, toned gelatin silver print

Felicia Megginson

Over the past few years I have examined the idea of place as a metaphor for self and this body of work is a continuation of that investigation. In The Poetics of Space, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard talks about the artist’s relationship to place and its influence on the creative process. When writing about the natural world —the forest in particular— Bachelard refers to it as a “before me, before us” place, a place of history and grounding.

This body of work, entitled Communion, was made during my time at Woodstock where I was often struck by conflicting feelings of freedom and fear while I wandered in the woods around town and at Byrdcliffe. Often I found myself thinking about my connection (or disconnection) to the primal cycle of birth, life and death.

In many ways these images allowed me to re-connect with a time when my ancestors viewed the natural world as a place that was both sacred and profane. Bachelard writes of the “ancestral pull” of the forest and this work was my response to that pull during my time in Woodstock.

A native of Los Angeles, Felicia Megginson received a BA from the University of Virginia in 1986, and her MA from New York University in 1996. Her most recent solo exhibition, Plumbing the Depths, was at St. Joseph’s College (Patchogue, NY) in 2003, and she previously had a solo exhibition entitled Ancestral Dialogues at the Little Gallery on the Horseshoe in Conway, SC in 1997. Megginson has been included in a number of group exhibitions, including Saturday Night, Sunday Morning at the Leica Gallery (NYC), Wave Hill House Gallery (Bronx, NY), Notes on Moving Images at the Knitting Factory Video Lounge (NYC), Significant Other at the Longwood Arts Project at the Longwood Art Gallery (Bronx, NY), Some Girls at GenArt (NYC), Only Child (Wanna Come Out and Play?) at the Rotunda Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Artist in the Marketplace Exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx, NY), and Memories in Medium at the Resenberg Gallery (NYC). She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Nadine Blacklock Nature Photography Fellowship in 2003 (Moose Lake Township, MN) and New Works in Photography Award at En Foco Inc. (Bronx, NY) in 2002. Megginson has been a resident at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2002 (Ithaca, NY). She has been published in Nueva Luz Photographic Journal (En Foco Inc.), Photography Quarterly (Center for Photography at Woodstock), here is new york: a democracy of photography (Scalo Publishers), and has been included in the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Permanent Print Collection at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. Megginson currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She was an artist in resident at CPW in July 2001.

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