Megan Woodard Johnson
My mixed media approach illustrates how a variety of moments defines a total experience. The collage materials I use carry the stories of learning, recording, and processing; vintage school books, ledgers, handwritten correspondence. These collected materials themselves each have a life and history, which is then woven into the stories I tell by adding expressive layers of paint and drawing media.
The notion of the meeting place between private moments and shared or universal experiences is my constant inspiration. I love watching the wide range of personal responses as viewers uncover layers in my work, recognizing book pages or documents from their youth or finding memories pulled to the surface by familiar patterns and colors. These very personal connections for each individual actually turn out to be shared experiences, as viewer after viewer recalls similar memories and responses.