Meegan Barnes

Meegan Barnes

Los Angeles, CA, United States

About Meegan Barnes

Meegan is a Los Angeles based artist and sculptor with a unique and empowering approach to the female form.

Her sculptures straddle the line between art and craft by re-imagining iconic ancient artifacts through a lens heavily influenced by modern day pop culture and couture.

The politics of the derriere has become a 21st century phenomenon. Butts have become the focal point in
contemporary female sexuality and have permeated the pop culture by way of celebrities, music lyrics and
videos, social media, fashion, gym culture and surgical augmentation. Barnes taps into the present day butt
obsession and muses on whether self-enhancement and exhibitionism are forms of feminine liberation.

About Meegan:
Barnes’ long creative career in fashion and editorial in NYC combined with a very influential 4 months in Brazil have all led to her current body of work.
Upon returning home from 4 months in Brazil, Barnes started working with clay and butts just seemed the natural vehicle for that medium. It remained a hobby for many years until around 2015 when she realized butts were pervading the pop culture. She had just moved to LA and decided to pursue her ceramic practice full time.
Embracing the celebrated female figure and society's ongoing obsession for curves, Barnes immersed herself fully into creating dynamic works that encapsulated her interests in art, design and feminism.

Her work has been featured in numerous group shows at galleries including The New Museum, New Image Art, Fifty24SF, The LodgeLA, Modern Eden, MAMA Gallery & Stephanie Chefas Gallery ...and in publications including Vice, Playboy, Paper, Juxtapose and Paulette. She recently had a solo show at New Image Gallery In West Hollywood in June/July, 2018 and is currently working on a collaboration with Opening Ceremony.

Education

California College of Art - 1991 to 1996
BFA in Illustration

Exhibitions

2020
"Coup D’oeil (A Glimpse)" - Glass Rice Gallery, San Francisco CA

2019
"Every Woman Biennial" - Los Angeles CA
"Body Beautiful" - Untitled Space Gallery, New York NY
"Come Hither" - Art Cave, Santa Cruz CA

2018
"Booteus Maximus" Solo Show - New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Defining Form" - The Untitled Space, NYC NY
"Platinum Blend 4" - Stephanie Chefas Gallery, Portland, OR

2017
"Whitney Houston Biennial" - XOCO, NYC, NY

2016
"Ladies Night" - Carlos Q Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Heatwave" - Stephanie Chefas Gallery, Portland, OR
“Swimmin’ at the Playground” - Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“The Parking Lot Art Fair” - Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
“Splash” - Rhabbitat, Los Angeles, CA

2015
“Sexy X-mas” - The Lodge LA, Los Angeles, CA
“Platinum Blend” - Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“California Fantasy” - New Image Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Dark Paradise” - Last Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Superchief Group show at Superchief Gallery, Los Angeles and New York