Maegan Kirschner was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and is based in the Dallas area. As an Ecofeminist her artwork strives to address a combination of ecological and feminist views: both propound that male-dominant societies subjugate women and nature in the same ways. Ecofeminism puts forth the idea that life in nature is maintained through cooperation, mutual care, and respect. Her other focus is maternal art and the stages of motherhood in relation to her own path as a mother of six children. She wants to bring forth the history and challenges of motherhood through her artwork and create a community message about what being maternal means in past and current times.
Kirschner has exhibited her work internationally through the Visual Art Open in London, England, and through The Biennial Project at the 58th Venice Biennial in Venice, Italy. She has also exhibited around the United States in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. In 2020 she began The Artist’s Circle Gallery with a focus on providing an exhibition space for artists during the Covid shutdown. In addition, Kirschner has published four coffee table books, Art is Life, Art is Communication, Art is Love, and the 5% Women through independent publishing with Blurb. Maegan holds a Bachelor of Arts History with minors in American Studies and Art History from Missouri Southern State University and her Masters in Studio Arts with a focus in mixed media sculpture from Texas A & M University-Commerce. Kirschner is currently a candidate for the Master of Fine Art program at Texas Woman’s University with anticipated graduation in 2024 and was awarded the Catherine Cloud Edwards Scholarship.
She is an artist that uses industrial and recyclable materials to create artwork that is considered mixed media. Paints, papers, and metal become expressive parts of the overall project. The work is of the abstract genre and becomes fluid as it is conceived. The work focuses on canvas being the base, but she branches out to sculpture pieces as well. She has multiple sclerosis (MS) which can create a challenge physically creating the work. The process of thinking out a project to physically creating allows an outlet for physical, mental, and cognitive therapy in living with MS.
The works that represent the circle express a beginning, ending, and completion of all things in life. Love, heartache, memories, and faith all come full circle to make us who we are. The soul is a circle that either grows outward or inward based on life experiences. The artworks invite the viewer into the world of the wife of a disabled veteran raising six children while living with MS, maintaining their faith and life circle throughout the journey. Depth and texture in the works pull the observer into the painting creating a wave of emotions as they explore the depth and textures that stir memories and connections in their own life circle experiences. Organic shapes help with the depth and flow of my work. We cannot be circumspect in this rawness of feelings but must embrace the pieces and let the tears flow or the laughter burst from our bliss.
Secret messages to her husband also create interesting adventures for the viewer as they try to understand a complicated and faithful love story. The entire collection ties together circles, but moods and feelings change with each piece due to the colors, sizes of canvas, and materials involved in the artistic process.
The Grief project is 12 separate 12-inch by 12-inch canvases each painted and constructed with unique materials such as safety pins, nails, chicken wire, paper, lace, floral wire, yarn, pom poms, beads, and salt. They are not named but come with 12 vocabulary words that come from the grief process. The viewer then matches the words to the painting that represents that to them. The grief process is different for everyone, so she did not want to impose her feelings on the viewer but wanted them to convey their own emotions to connect with the piece. The words are dysthymia, repudiation, credence, amelioration, aggro, perturbation, tribulation, vexation, hope, love, woe, and void.