I enjoy creating shadowboxes because, similar to our memories of things or events we cherish- when we look back on these memories, they may shift or change over time. We may see them from a different perspective, certain bits may be more clear, or perhaps darker, and harder to remember. We look back on our memories with a kind of nostalgia that is precious to us, and our personal life experience.
It is that feeling of nostalgia, remembrance, and re-imagination of memories that I try to capture within my work. Taking extremely old and delicate things, and re-imagining them into something that is new, yet hold a lot of history that we may or may not know about. The composition of each shadowbox is static, however, depending on the level or direction of light, the angle you view it, or where it is placed within a space, the piece itself shifts into something slightly different.
Meghan Hollister’s artwork can be described under a wide umbrella of words: Natural. Ephemeral. Nostalgic. Green. Rediscovered. Re-Used. Revisited. Tactile. From 2007-2011 Meghan honed her artistic talents at St. Ambrose University studying fine art, and illustration with a concentration in painting. In her 4 years at Ambrose, Meghan had her work published twice annually in the Midwest’s Regional journal arts publication Quercus, as well as internationally for The Flood: An International Arts and Culture Zine. Meghan never let go of her love of illustration, completing several murals for Davenport Parks and Recreation, and Palmer College of Chiropractic, as well as exhibiting independently.
After graduating with her Bachelor’s in Fine Art in 2011, Meghan continued her to explore her professional artistic career via employment as Product Photographer, Art Educator, and Freelance Artist, working with organizations such as The Figge Art Muesum, and VSA Iowa, as well as exhibiting within venues in and around the Quad Cities’ Area.
In 2013, Meghan co-founded the Midwest’s first ecological art gallery, Zola. After some time in gallery work, Meghan had the desire to combine the “many hats” she wore into something more focused. With a passion for design, education, and working with people, Meg decided to launch a freelance design studio that combined all of her loves: and Studio No. 2 was born. Studio No. 2 is the umbrella for everything Meg feels the design process is about: clever design with a hat-tip to traditional media. One on one creative collaboration. Personal connections with clients. Unhinged Imagination.