Megan Bickel is a multi-discplinary artist and writer based out of Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated in 2012 from the Art Academy of Cincinnati with a BFA in Painting and has been in numerous regional solo and group exhibitions and published in WERKS, 10011, Ruckus, and aeqai. Bickel is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, KY. She was the Co-Founder and Editor of Five-Dots, an artist ran online magazine collaboration with photographer / activist Cassandra Zetta from 2016 to 2019, and is the Founder and Gallerist for houseguest, a house gallery ran parallel to her partners’ food project, SUPPERCLUB.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, hanging with her husband and three pets of varying sizes, hiking, and slowly running half-marathons.
I’m currently attempting to touch upon the ethics of mimicry and the illusion / allusion dichotomy in contemporary art by creating a situation of discomfort in the viewer. A couple of relevant questions that I’m considering and may be helpful include but are not limited to the following: Is it ethical to create a mimetic art with the intent to create contradiction in an objects existence, when the current political climate proclaims that truth is a flexible idea? What does it mean to create a mimetic object within the context of a historical moment that begs for clarity and truthfulness? And what ethical responsibility is the artist required to maintain when creating objects with the intent of confusion or misdirection?
The boundary of contemporary art objects isn’t limited to a physical space; it also exists in social, political, digital and ethical space. Camouflage, mimicry, and a consistent internalized debate regarding concealment and announcement in object making are investigations that I consistently find myself returning to by creating paintings that tinker toward sculpture and textile art. Ultimately, the study ends in a discussion around the concept of contradiction or juxtaposition and truth.