FIVE MINUTES WITH ARTIST MEGAN LOW

by: Catalog

In anticipation of The Glasgow School of Art Singapore Degree Show 2016, we spoke with some of the standout students who will be exhibiting their work at DECK on Prinsep Street, from 9-15 July 2016.

Here we have visual artist Megan Low, a self-taught illustrator whose exhibit will centre around the concept of self-perception, brought to life through beautiful illustrations and gifs.

FIVE MINUTES WITH ARTIST MEGAN LOW

Hi Megan. Tell us a bit about yourself and how your journey as an artist started.
I’m a self-taught illustrator who’s forever trying to hone her skills. In the earliest memories I have as a kid, I remember my figures didn’t wear any pants and they had no faces, just a circle for a head. However, my dad still gave me pieces of bluetack to stick them beside my desk and I was so proud of myself. I guess there’s no way to ever define the beginning of an “artistic” journey.

Can you walk us through your pieces at The Glasgow School of Art Singapore's Degree Show? What are we looking at?
Most of my work for the show centers around the idea of self-concepts. I wanted to explore the notion of self perception and its effects on the human condition. It is a little known but highly impactful topic that I feel most could benefit from if they were more aware of it themselves. I’m also showcasing a few of the rendered gif animations i did for a project about old English idioms.

FIVE MINUTES WITH ARTIST MEGAN LOW
FIVE MINUTES WITH ARTIST MEGAN LOW

Where do you draw inspiration from?
I’ve always found myself craving to draw when I'm looking at other people’s work. Seeing beautiful things no matter the style or medium makes me want to create my own beautiful things too. It’s so strange.

Who are the artists you look up to?
I love it when people cross mediums. Sachin Teng has always been a long time favourite because he makes small animations with highly rendered digital paintings.

Where do you escape to when you need to recharge your creative juices?
Trawling through the Internet for images that I can use in my mood board helps a lot. The mind can only create so much detail so it is always good to have other material references to suggest different ideas.

What's on your playlist at the moment?
Lots of Stolen Jars and this other female duo called Boy. Really cool tunes for when I need to draw for long hours.

After the Degree Show, what's next for you?
There are so many things I’d like to do! I’m going to continue learning pottery and would really love to start on coding. I also wish to get better at animation, as well as work on projects that can incorporate both my illustrations and graphic design. Honestly, any work that I can be proud enough to show to my family sits very well with me.


For more of Megan's work, click here

For more information on The Glasgow School of Art Singapore Degree Show 2016, click here

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