We had the good fortune of connecting with Meghan Quinn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meghan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is usually something you’re afraid to do, but know you need to do to evolve in some way. My gut has always been my guiding light. On paper some of the decisions we make may not sound like the most responsible, but if you keep having that nagging feeling in your gut, you need to take the jump and a net will appear. I’ve never regretted taking a risk, whether it was a physical move, a career shift, or trying something out of my comfort zone.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Choosing to take the path of an artist is a hard road to forge. It usually is not financially fruitful, but in the end that isn’t why you do it. Creating art is our language. I’m not someone who is good with the written word and I get debilitating bouts of shyness. My art can speak for me and also foster dialogue. It is probably why I frequently weave words into pieces. I’m always feeling, processing, and expressing and it is sparked by what is going on in the outer world or what is going on in my inner one. I want people to think and care about the environment and each other. I want them to find connection between all of it. Each work I create is in some way about connection and I use as bright and thoughtful color palettes as possible to bring a viewer in to talk with me. The medium I use jumps around based on the idea. The idea dictates how it should be expressed whether it is a photograph or painting. If you keep creating you will find collaborators. Collaborate as much as possible. This can lead to lifelong friendship or ways of creating as a means to feed yourself. There is so much to explore out there and so many kindred spirits to meet.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First, definitely the gardens. Our love for flora knows no bounds. A day each would be allotted to Descanso Gardens and The Huntington. Another day would go to gallery hopping, mid week, so we have as much time as possible to soak everything in without being obstructed by crowds. Hit up Corey Helford downtown, Thinkspace at its new location. Spend a good chunk of time at Bergamot station. A museum day would definitely be in order. Hit up as much downtown as possible: The Broad, MoCa’s multiple locations. A chill day would involve a hike or taking my kiddo to the Adventure Park down in Irvine and just watch him play and build with human size legos in the dirt. Food and drink falls wherever we land. If we’re by The Huntington- burgs at Grill Em All. If we’re down near Culver- Father’s Office and Sage. If we’re down by me- HopSaint Brewery. A walk on the Venice boardwalk always seems to happen when people visit. It’s the best people watching in town.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m very lucky to have a supportive partner in life in my husband. I’m a feeler and he is a thinker. When we put our heads together it feels like we can take on anything. Strong female friendships have helped build me into who I am and where I have gotten. Some of the ships are lifelong and some are newer, but having a sisterhood that will always be there without judgement is what keeps us pushing ourselves and taking those jumps we’re afraid to take alone.
(c) Meghan Quinn