Megan Jorgenson – Red Lodge Clay Center

Megan JorgensonKimball, Minnesota

Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident 2012-13

Megan Jorgenson is a studio artist in Kimball, MN, where she and her husband JD Jorgenson operate Maine Prairie Studio, a ceramics studio, teaching space and gallery. She received an MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University in 2012. Since then, she has been an Artist in Residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center, North Dakota State University, Northern Clay Center and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Marlboro College in Vermont. Currently, she teaches at Saint Cloud Technical and Community College, and Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Megan’s functional and sculptural work has exhibited in galleries nationwide and been featured in Ceramics Monthly. She has taught workshops focused on printing on clay at numerous locations: Grand Marais Art Colony, Studio 550 in Manchester NH, and North Dakota State University. She received a McKnight Individual Artist Award in 2016 from the Central Minnesota Arts Board and a 2017 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Fences, doors and windows indicate an intersection between inside and outside, public and private. These porous boundaries provide enclosure while also allowing access to an outside world. I am drawn to these divisions in space as aesthetic and metaphorical objects, and consider them the point of departure for my work. In my work, I use combinations of structure and landscape to convey the confluence of containment and spaciousness, intimacy and distance.

My forms are inspired by architecture and furniture, and are altered to imply movement and instability. I use a repeating vocabulary of forms and patterns in my work, drawn from architecture, textiles and geometry. By reiterating the same shapes in two and three dimensions, it is my intention to create a movement between illusory and actual space.

I am fascinated by the ways that my brain filters and interprets the outside world, which then takes root in dreams and the imagination. Certain structures and landscapes hold a specific symbolic power; while completely inanimate, they seem to mirror a part of my inner self. The two dimensional imagery in my work is inspired by objects which spark this resonance.