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Heartland Community College

Altered Formations


On display until November 9th, 2018.

A collection of evocative three-dimensional prints that offer viewers different perspectives inspired by the changing textures and colors of the natural world will be on display at Heartland Community College.

The Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College presents Altered Formations, a selection of printmaking pieces by Megan Hinds, September 10 through November 9. An artist reception takes place Thursday, September 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the gallery.

Altered Formations presents a selection of abstract intaglio prints that are hand-cut and layered to convey multiple, atmospheric perspectives. Intaglio is a design carved or etching into a material. Her work references the textures found in landscapes, shapes of cloud formations, and changing colors of natural phenomena.

Through the juxtaposition of two and three-dimensional elements, she places the viewer in two positions: one side looking down at the altering landscape and the other side looking up at the transforming sky.

Hinds’ artwork is inspired by her ongoing investigation of the “collective brilliance” found in nature. Her methodical study of insects, animals, their environments and communication systems are visually represented through patterning and repetition. Through nuanced visual elements and compositional framework, she evokes the duality of interior and exterior, seen and unseen, stasis and change.

About the Artist

Megan Hinds

Megan Hinds studied art at Parkland Community College in Champaign, IL. She then transferred to Illinois State University where she received her Bachelor in Fine Art with a focus in printmaking.

Megan currently lives in Chicago and works at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Visitor Services. She continues her printmaking practice at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. She is constantly investigating nature’s collective brilliance and communication. With the knowledge gained from her observations, she creates work that reflects this exploration and discovery. Her work offers a picture of pattern, movement, and texture integrated in such a way to display both continuity and community.

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