Megan Potoma is part of #TheGalleryProject. #TheGalleryProject includes artworks from 47 artists from 27 different countries. Each work reflects a unique perspective and as a whole, the exhibition series refuses to present a standardized narrative. Rather, it becomes clear that being queer means something different to each artist, whether sexually, politically, or aesthetically.
Each artist represented in the exhibition has developed their own strategies for coping with their lived realities and addressing (or not addressing) them in their art. The works displays sex, fragility, anger, courage, hope, nihilism, strength, fear, and beauty.
About the artist:
Megan Potoma is a Philadelphia native, currently completing her BA in Art Therapy at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
As an aspiring art therapist, Potoma works in a variety of mediums with a strong focus on process. As a queer artist, Potoma explores significant themes relevant to her life through concept art. Many of Potoma’s works are focused around topics dealing with LGBTQ issues, intersectional feminism, gender, societal pressure, sex, and views of self.
With her artwork she extinguishes harmful stereotypes and pressures put on women and members of the queer community. Potoma creates an opportunity for dialog about these issues and to create a safe space for self-expression. Potoma currently lives and works in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
About the artwork:
My work is my coming out story. My paintings, sculptures, and drawings are intimate responses to my need to express this part of my identity. This work largely demonstrates my personal feelings about body image, life as a lesbian, and the struggle to find a balance between femininity and masculinity.
As an art therapy undergraduate, my central goal is not to use my creativity to produce beautiful art that will be popular or widely accepted. The goal of art making art in art therapy is healing through self-expression. I strive to incorporate this philosophy into my creative process by using art as therapy for myself. By focusing on personally significant topics, I find solace in my works. This method allows me to experience catharsis and gain greater self-understanding.
In order to remain authentic, I choose materials that feel right and can facilitate specific therapeutic needs. For example, working with clay allows me to accommodate my emotions by quickly making an impression on the materials. I can lessen my anxieties while smoothing colors together with materials like soft chalk pastels.
I pull inspiration from a multitude of places. The feminist art movement prompts my desire to create an unapologetic body of work. As a result, my pieces display a personal narrative of coming out as a lesbian, while also discussing body image, sex, and self-acceptance.
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To see more of Megan Potoma’s work or to contact her visit: www.meganpotoma.com
Megan is especially interested in cooperating in work that make a points to give voices to young LGBTQ+ individuals.