Artist paints to illustrate narrative, change

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A recurring venue of local art in Binghamton is the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn on Hawley Street, where creations by local artists hang on the walls of the hotel lounge just off the galleria of shops frequented by locals and visitors alike. With consistent traffic and exposure, the space offers prime real estate for displaying the works of a featured artist. It took determination, and a close collaboration with former Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn corporate sales manager Kristen Seyerlein, but for the past two months, Megan Smey found herself as one such featured artist.

Kristen and I were really excited about it, Smey said. There s a lot that goes on here. Smey, 24, of Port Dickinson, is a painter and creative writer. She displayed her oil painting series entitled Restless Geomorphism at the hotel, the paintings of which are composites of her various influences as an artist, including philosophy, environment and even video games. Restless Geomorphism focuses on the theme of both time and environment changing, she said. I want people to be able to see this and see their own environments in it, Smey said. I tend to let the audience interpret what it is that they see. It s not something that I want to just hand over and say, This is how it s supposed to be. Though the theme is consistent with Smey s repertoire, the method is not.

Smey began painting in college, and studied traditional plein air painting, painting landscapes outdoors on an easel. Living in Binghamton where the weather is unpredictable can prove challenging to that process, and Smey has found herself of late barricaded inside her at-home studio. This past winter, in particular, when painting outdoors was all but impossible, Smey painted what she saw looking out from her studio window, and thus created Restless Geomorphism. Also a creative writer, Smey tells a story with each of her paintings, and she has a deep connection with the narrative behind each piece, whether inspired by a dream or even while playing a video game one of Smey s favorite pastimes. I tend to think of them as an epic narrative, she said, different from the norm. One of Smey s paintings, entitled My Kingdom in Ruin, draws from the context of a video game Smey recalled playing. It s desolate, but still vibrant, she said of the painting. The color is the most fascinating thing for me. Smey sees colors, as well as color potential, in the changing Binghamton landscapes, in a sidewalk shadow, even in the absence of color.

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From left: My Kingdom in Ruin, Fields of Light and Edges in Flux, paintings by Megan Smey, 24, were recently displayed at the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Arena on Hawley Street in Binghamton. (Photo: KATIE SULLIVAN / Staff Photo)

Colors that it could be, she said. specific to how I perceive color. The paintings are also specific to how she perceives change. In college, Smey learned the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and a paraphrased quote from the philosopher contributes to her attitude towards time and space. Time itself doesn t pass, she said. Time is just the passing of things that are changeable. Smey illustrates the changes in her environment physical processes like rivers bending or acid rain falling in order to demonstrate the passing of time. Whether inspired by a video game narrative or wind-blown snow, the artist is emphatic that her perspective alone does not complete the painting. If it comes out of my studio (as) one idea, the painting s dead then, she said.

I want (the paintings) to come alive in the viewer s eyes, she said. Smey s work can currently be viewed at the Sea Hag Soaps & Art Mercantile in Brackney, Pa. For the future, she has goals of First Friday appearances and plans to return to school to continue her artistic study and push her own boundaries.

I have to learn if there are limits to my work, Smey said. Follow Katie Sullivan on Twitter @ByKatieSullivan. Are you a creator?

Email Katie Sullivan at Megan Smey Age: 24

Home: Port Dickinson Hometown: Binghamton Education: Binghamton High School; bachelor s degree in creative writing, minor in studio, Binghamton University

Family: parents, three brothers and one sister Hobbies: creative writing, video games and science fiction Where to find her: paintingmeg.blogspot.com1

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