Megan Diddie - What I Thought I Saw. What I Think I See, solo exhibition at Anno Domini, 2009, photo courtesy of Gallery Anno Domini

Megan Diddie/ Megan Diddie

United States 1985

Painting, Drawing

www.megandiddie.net

Megan Diddie
Megan Diddie
Female
United States
1985

Megan Diddie is an American contemporary artist who explores the relationship between humans and nature in her paintings and drawings. Born in Los Angeles, CA in 1985, the artist earned her B.A. in Fine and Studio Arts/Art History from Santa Clara University in 2008. After graduation Diddie moved to Chicago, where she did post-baccalaureate study at the School of the Art Institute. Recently, she received her MFA from the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on painting and drawing.

Artworks by Diddie

Crash Pad (Left) / Psychic Succulents (Right) - january - photography
Megan Diddie – Crash Pad (Left) / Psychic Succulents (Right)

Art by Megan Diddie

In her ink and watercolour pieces, Megan Diddie depicts whimsical and transparent figures that interlace and intertwine with plants, insects, and one another in gorgeous displays of color and texture. Her lurid, jungle-like pieces are astonishing but haunting and at times, grotesque showing stunning images of human doing all sorts of uncommon things like eating small bony creatures, breathing flora into their lungs, and tarring and feathering themselves. Diddie’s art is based in the thin line between life and death at place where growth meets decay.

Art by Diddie

january - 2014 - photography
Megan Diddie – Untitled #1

Food and Agriculture in Megan Diddie’s Work

Many of her works focuses on food and agriculture, although she has not always been interested in these themes. Originally Diddie explored the human digestive system and the interaction between the brain and the gut. She was making her own versions of anatomical drawings. Subsequently, she got in food and then in agricultural issues. After reading about corn and how it’s in everything she started drawing this large grain plant used for food. Over the years Diddie’s work has evolved into something that is more witty and absurd, with dark humor. Pollinate/Pollute is a series of ink and brush drawings depicting imagery related to agriculture.

Haunted Harvests

Haunted Harvests, 2013 - flickr
Megan Diddie – Haunted Harvests, 2013

Fresh Press

She is the 2014 Student ACE Award winner for her work at the UI’s Fresh Press, an agricultural waste-fiber papermaking research studio. Fresh Press project began as a collaborative effort between graphic design associate professor Eric Benson and assistant professor Steve Kostell in 2011. Diddie, who has been their graduate assistant for a year and a half, has done many workshops with UI students and Prosperity Gardens in Champaign and with visitors to campus.

Diddie is represented by Galerie C.O.A. in Montreal.

Megan Diddie lives and works in Chicago.

Images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015TimeshareFigure One, Champaign, ILGroup
2015MFA ExhibitionKrannert Museum University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignGroup
2015New TerrainsKrannert Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignGroup
2014Hunter GathererUniversity Art Gallery, Ophelia Parish Fine Arts Complex, Truman State University, Kirsville, MOGroup
2014Paper or PlasticArizona State University, Tempe, AZGroup
2014CulteCOA Gallery, Montreal, Canada Group
2014UnknownUgly Step Sister Gallery, UIUC show, Chicago, ILGroup
2013The Wind Whips the Palm FrondsGallery AD, San Jose, CA Solo
2013UnknownLink Gallery UIUC, Not Quite, Champaign, IL Group
2013WomanmadeSlippery Slope, Chicago, IL Group
2013UnknownThe Peanut Gallery, Artificial Turf, Chicago, IL Group
2012Noyes Cultural CenterThe Next Generation,Evanston, ILGroup
2012Roxaboxen ExhibitionsBlack Arts, Chicago, IL Group
2011Graduate Thesis ExhibitionThe School of the Art Institute, Chicago, ILGroup
2011WomanmadeUnderground, Chicago, ILGroup
2011UnknownOO Gallery Book, Kingston, NYGroup
2011UnknownSanta Clara University, Alumni Show, Santa Clara, CAGroup
2011MDW FairRoxaboxen Exhibitions Booth, Chicago, IL Group
2010Out of the Night Time MagicRoxaboxen Exhibitions, Chicago, ILSolo
2009What I thought I saw, What I think I seeGallery AD, San Jose, CASolo
2008The Earth Bears Dirt so that She May Bear Flowers, Thesis ShowSanta Clara University, Santa Clara, CASolo