Number 91: Megan Frauenhoffer
Years spent living in MN: Around two and a half years.
Printmaker Megan Frauenhoffer creates art that feels as though its exists somewhere between reality and the subconscious. Her pieces explore dreamscapes where human emotions such as sadness, awkwardness, and frustration fuse with fairy tales, myths, and other stories that fold into our consciousness early in childhood. A recent MCAD grad, the St. Louis, Missouri transplant is an exciting addition to our colorful local scene.
Experimenting with new techniques
Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:
Support by my art peers
Going to gallery shows or print conferences
What was your last big project?
The MCAD MFA thesis show this past May.
What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?
Locally, I have the MCAD annual art sale the weekend before Thanksgiving. Outside of Minnesota, I'm part of a print exchange with a group called The Dirty Printmakers of America, and there's a December holiday show with 323 East Gallery in Royal Oak, MI.
Creative/career high point (so far)?:
I got to be in a group exhibition with one of my art heroes, Tara McPherson, last year at The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles. A month later that show traveled to be exhibited at Art Basel in Miami, FL. The only unfortunate part was being so swamped with schoolwork that I couldn't fly to any of the galleries.
What has been your biggest challenge as an artist?
Networking is very hard for me, especially at exhibitions. I'm horribly shy and never equipped with the right small talk or appropriate timing. Luckily, online social media is more forgiving of my awkwardness.
How has the local scene changed since you began your career?
I'm relatively new to the art scene in Minneapolis, but the city is extremely supportive of emerging artists. I'm very appreciative for all the local shows I've participated since moving here.
Which of your paintings/prints best captures your current frame of mind?
Consume [pictured right]. I've been shifting my work towards using ghost stories and projections of emotions onto an "other" within the image. I've also been interested in displaying how the mind wrestles with lingering emotions such as anger or embarrassment.
Describe your last dream:
I had this dream last night where I moved into a mansion with cheap rent, but the roommates were a part of a secret group. They used the house as a correctional facility and never let anyone leave until they were converted into well-behaved citizens. I woke up right as I was devising an escape plan. A little odd, but I had worse dreams which indulge a sense of paranoia.
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