Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Michi Meko

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Michi Meko

Atlanta, GA

Multidisciplinary artist Michi Meko (b. 1974, Florence, Alabama) draws influence from Southern culture and contemporary urban. He received a BFA in Painting from the University of North Alabama. Meko’s work has been featured in recent solo exhibitions at Dodd Galleries, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA; and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.  Recent grants and awards include a DashBoard Co-Op Residency Grant, a Flux Projects Grant, a Wonderroot CSA Grant, and a residency at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Meko lives and works in Atlanta and is represented by Alan Avery Art Company.

“In the summer of 2015, I almost drowned. Surviving this life-changing event has influenced my studio practice. My recent paintings and sculptures focus on the African-American experience of navigating public spaces while remaining buoyant within them… Working beyond the physical image of the body, objects of buoyancy, and navigation become metaphors for selfhood, resilience, and the sanity required in the turbulent oceans of contemporary America.”  

  • studying the silences: we used to eat this back home, 2017, mixed media, 180 x 300 x 60 inches

  • The Antique Blacks Belong to Me, 2017, mixed media, 84 x 96 inches

  • Warning: Storm Coming, 2017, acrylic, graphite,aerosol, fabric, oilstick, glitter, 48 x 56 inches

  • Life Vest: We Might Float, 2017, mixed media cast iron, life jacket, acrylic, rope, 48 x 36 x 6 inches

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.