With roots from Grande Cache, Alberta and currently living in Edmonton, Alberta Megan Beland is in the 4th and final year of her BFA at the University of Alberta, expected to be completed in spring 2020. Beland is a conceptual and visual artist that specializes in painting and intermedia art practises and has been exploring new and interesting materials and techniques in her creative practice. She has formal training in painting, drawing, illustration and design.
Megan has a strong interest in performance (art), to express messages and stories to share with an audience. She continues to look for inspiring ways to combine her love for the fantasy/magical world and relating it to reality through the use of metaphor. She has always been fascinated with myths and legends and the art of storytelling. She also has interested in working with and exploring the idea of the passage of time and its effect on spaces, materials and the environment. She wants to express an awareness of a personal relationship that we have with those effects of time.
Another motivation in her practice is a desire to create a dialogue that generates an awareness of what is perceived as the “other” in our society and question what is considered normal, acceptable and desirable. She wants to continue to search for new and initiating ways to comprehension of these issues and how best to convey them.
She has done extensive volunteering in the arts community. Megan is innovative and curious, learning and trying new things aids her in meeting artistic goals as an individual in the arts community