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K Meredith Lear-Perkins
STATEMENT In general my work is driven by a desire to expose or make seen facets of our culture. I begin with an idea or a belief that I feel strongly about and I build a body of work that addresses multiple positions of a single concept. My work changes as my life, my environment, and my outlook change. Once I have exhausted all I have to say I find a new cause of interest and begin to pursue it whole-heartedly. As an artist I feel that it is my responsibility to have something to say and contribute to the conversations and issues in our society. I don’t believe that there is anything new under the sun but I do think that our personal experiences and the way we coalesce ideas can be distinctive and innovative. My work comes from a need to draw attention to aspects of our cultural or environmental that may go disregarded and acts as a platform for me to voice my personal opinions and support a cause.
The materials used in my work are delineated by the concept of piece, which can lead me to sculpture, installations, paintings, drawings, and graphics. My work is often site-specific or time-specific. Some common divergent themes in my work are: urban and rural, the digital landscape in relation to home and memory, acceptance and tolerance in light of racism and prejudice. For a more in depth understanding of each distinctive body of work please reference the statement that accompanies each gallery.
K MEREDITH LEAR-PERKINS,
a native of Burgin, Kentucky, is a conceptual artist currently living and working in Albany, Georgia. She received a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Painting, both from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Lear-Perkins is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Albany State University. Lear-Perkins’ personal work comments on current social and cultural situations. Working in series her work addresses a variety of issues including our digital world, privacy, racism, and disconnection. Lear-Perkins currently sits on the board for the Albany Area Arts Council. She worked along side artist Larry Jens Anderson as a CALL Legacy Specialist for Space One Eleven in Birmingham, Alabama.In 2012 she was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Master of Fine Arts Grant Program and SCAD’s Excelsus Laureate. Lear-Perkins achieved a six-month internship at Solomon Projects gallery in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011. Lear-Perkins has been included in many group exhibitions throughout the Southeast: highlights include the Albany Area Arts Council, Armstrong Atlantic University, and the May Poetter Gallery in Savannah, Georgia, and the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, Kentucky.