Browsing the galleries of DUMBO’s “First Thursday” walks and the Verge Art show, I was drawn into the beautifully unique work of Brooklyn artist, Meg Hitchcock and her Mantras & Meditations series. The level of concept and craft in her pieces eclipses the work of her peers hanging alongside.
It’s taken a few weeks to fully connect with the work but anything that lasts with a viewer for weeks has obviously had an impact. However, it wasn’t until yesterday that I frantically rushed to my iPhone and scrolled through the thousands of pictures to find her work. It was an “aha” moment that had been simmering in the back of my mind – these sacred texts are a revelation when taken out of the traditional “book” format. She has created something genuinely fresh from something we take for granted.
What is particularly striking about Meg’s pieces are their organic structure and her monumental dedication to the process. She obviously does nothing by halves. In the era of digital production, this work reminds the viewer of the physical connection to print, the page and the touch of the artist.
What may seem tangential if you’re not familiar with modern Data Visualization is the similarity between analytical data and the beautifully unique style of Meg Hitchcock’s sacred texts series. The connection between the words and the visual created, transcend both; a quality all too uncommon in contemporary art. Luckily, Meg’s work reconnects us to the power of the singular and gives us a point of entry in the content void of the digital age overload.
Meg’s work will be in a show opening April 30th at the ACA Galleries on West 20th St. in Manhattan.