photographs by MEGAN METTE
I remember walking on ceilings when I was a kid. I’d lie down on my mother’s cream, tightly-woven twill cushion, stretch my freckled legs in the air, and squint. I’d imagine being teleported into someone else’s household. In this new house, everything was white and clean and glistened with all the colors of the sun. All the surfaces seemed to be soft, smooth and inviting. The space was exciting because it was new. It provided me with an escape from a place that I called home, a structure that housed feelings of isolation, disappointment and anger.
As a product of the socially constructed notion of the American Dream, I dream of a space that will comfort me and make me feel at home, a structure where the perfect family resides. In these images of houses, I find myself returning to a child’s world of endless possibilities, but I come with the understanding that even in dreaming, we can't escape our past. At once beautiful and unsettling, these images lie somewhere between a daydream and a nightmare, between contemplation and melancholy, between fantasy and reality. This body of work attempts to move through the personal to the general, projecting an intimate account of home into the images and sounds that I create to question the fantasies in which we all live.
Megan Metté is an artist whose work depicts the psychological affect of different spaces. She received a BFA in Photography from the University of Louisville in 2008 and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011. Her professional experiences in the art world have varied widely, from photo editing for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to curatorial work at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. She has received numerous honors and exhibitions, including a first place award from Jennifer Blessing, photographic curator at the Guggenheim. Megan is currently an instructor for the University of Rochester and CEPA Gallery.