Contemporary Artist living in Cape Town, interested in evocative encounters with the everyday object.
Searching for Certainty
I want to create a lack of urgency where urgency is normally expected. I want the viewer to experience my work with a muted gasp, allowing an extended moment, which normally might not exist, letting the mind to wander into the potential of the experience.
The work speaks evocatively to the viewer by creating an unfamiliar experience of usually familiar objects. There is a sense that things are not right and that something needs to be done. I want the viewer to experience a state of flux, where they are steered into thinking about what could happen. I envision the experience of my work to be similar to that of standing on the edge of a tall cliff when there is an impulse to jump, but something tells you not to. The Danish existentialist philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard describes this feeling as the dizziness of freedom.
I have used this as a metaphorical experience in exploring making institutional change. However, my critique was negated by Institutional Critique’s firm and established presence. I found that real change is overwhelming and hard to achieve, but this did inspire me to extract the potentiality for something bigger in smaller, subtle interventions.
I discovered I could create actual objects which mirrored my insecurities and anxiety about this general process. I was mainly inspired by objects in my studio and institutional vicinity. The work carries a sense of failure which I intended to propel the viewer to some sense of problem solving and success.
Although my work is quite personal, I hope it will encourage the viewers to think about their own experiences of anxiety and dread (fear of failure). We often ignore the urgency of our circumstances and through my body of work I hope to awaken your urgency and hopefully seek urgency through other ways.
The search for certainty continues…
The final edition of A Portrait of a Young Artist Series features the coveted Michaelis Graduate Exhibition. Michaelis School of Fine Art has a long track record of producing leading fine artists. But does this “newest crop of talented and ambitious young artists” have what it takes to create a revolution in the arts?
Artcoza‘s series features a range of articles showcasing art student talent from various tertiary institutions throughout the country. Each review will investigate whether the final year students have what it takes to make a change to the South African art scene.
Michaelis Graduates aim to change the world
by Natasha Norman.
You say you want a revolution. Well, you know.
We all want to change the world. 
“With a similar interest in making the familiar strange Megan Mc Namara’s exhibition Searching for Certainty considers the continually shifting nature of perception that for her engenders an impotent form of urgency. Mc Namara’s objects are works of immanent (but unrealised) disaster. A chair balances in the tipping point of falling over, a sink with a running tap and plug in place is filled to the point of overflowing without flooding the exhibition space and a single pencil holds a wooden plinth in the impossible position of stability. As a fellow visitor remarked: “a room of impossible stuff.”