Artist Statement
Megan Atwood Cherry is a multi-disciplinary artist whose recent work includes paper sculpture, wood constructions, and poetic text.

This work disarticulates the verbal combat which plagues the present moment. In
this fractured time, conversational debate neither clarifies nor unites. These are thwarted
communications: crumpled pages abandoned in the wake of calamity, voices hushed by powerful silencers, and poems scavenged from the cacophony of contemporary discourse.

At the nexus of determination and despair, the work calls on the structures of
geometry to contain chaotic information. Optimism takes form in the
resourcefulness of improvised joinery methods, while the universalizing qualities of abstraction and graphic design establish common ground in troubled times.

Each series has its own material logic, but all recite the poetry of simple shapes, words, and objects.
Megan Atwood Cherry’s working life is based in Sandpoint, Idaho and balances studio practice with teaching and public service. Currently an art instructor at North Idaho College, Megan earned Bachelor’s degrees in theatrical set design and studio art from the College of Santa Fe in 2003, followed by a MFA from the University of Idaho in 2015. This education is a foundation not only for artmaking and collegiate teaching, but also for engagement with community organizations like the Sandpoint Arts Commission and Emerge of Coeur d' Alene.

As an artist, Megan confounds her own affinity for cohesion and organization by creating an on-going march of distinct inquiries, each series stubbornly different from the last. Though often bound by conceptual ties to her other investigations, each body of work requires its own processes, media, and language. Her work is exhibited nationally.
When not in the classroom or the studio, Megan can usually be found in the midst of woodworking and forest stewardship collaborations with her husband James.

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