"Megan (self portrait)" Megan Bent

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Megan_04 - Megan Bent.jpg

"Megan (self portrait)" Megan Bent


Digital Archival Print of chlorophyll print
20” x 20”

Artist statement:
Latency : the state of existing but not yet being developed or manifest; concealment.

In photography the latent image is the invisible image on light sensitive material that has not yet been developed. In the art project Latency, I am interested in using photography to explore the latency within myself as I navigate the world while living with an invisible disability.

As I move through space I am perceived as healthy but inside of my body my immune system mistakes my tendons, ligaments, joints, and sometimes organs as invaders, and actively works to break them down. This experience, while concealed, is one that has greatly shaped who I am as a person, how I perceive the world, and is an experience from which I draw a lot of knowledge and power.

I am using the alternative photographic processes of chlorophyll prints, that uses UV light to print images directly onto leaves. I am printing medical imagery from my recurring visits to Dr’s to check to progress of my disease. I am choosing to use alternative photographic process to highlight the beauty and importance of experience outside of mainstream dialogue. The action of printing medical imagery reclaims my medicalized body and my journey as a patient, creating a new sense of agency. I am printing on leaves to highlight the organic nature of disability while also asking the viewer to confront the bodily impermanence we all share.

About the artist:
Megan Bent is a Honolulu based artist, teaching artist, and activist. She received her MFA and Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa in 2012. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NY, NY in 2004.

Her artwork has been exhibited widely across the United States in exhibitions at the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO, The Arts at Marks Garage in Honolulu, HI, The Mighty Tieton Warehouse in Tieton, WA, and the Piedmont Council for the Arts, Charlottesville, VA.

Megan has been an artist in residence at the Honolulu Museum of Art and has been a featured community exhibitor in the Look3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA. She has presented her work at The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu, HI, at Other Bodies: (Self) Representation, Disability and the Media at the University of Westminster in London, U.K., and was recently an exhibiting artist at Critical Junctures: The Work of Art at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

All work must be picked up at the UH Manoa Art Gallery on Sunday, February 17, from 10 am to 1 pm. If you require shipping please inquire at duncan@honoluluprintmakers.org for a shipping quote.

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