Meggan Winsley uses masks and animal heads to explore therianthropy (the ability to metamorphose into other animals and other identities) and also delusion and confusion in regards to self-identity and persona. The environments in which these figures exist are abandoned and derelict, yet genuine beauty remains in the decayed remnants. It links us to a time of quality, beauty and at least the illusion of goodness – yet the disarray suggests that perhaps that time has long passed. The creatures inhabit the space and are full of strength, determination and good ole fashioned fabulousness. Tension lives in the viewer wondering if it is defiance or denial on the faces that look back at them.
Meggan Winsley is based in Toronto, Ontario. She received her BFA from York University in 2004 and the Art Fundamentals Certificate course from Sheridan College in 1999. She became a member of Open Studio in 2005 and began teaching shortly after. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and held in both public and private collections. She is currently teaching screenprinting courses at Open Studio.