Meredith Cheatwood is a visual artist and creative writer located in Norfolk, Virginia. She earned a high honors Bachelor of Arts degree (Studio Art/English with a Spanish minor) from Wake Forest University in 2018. During that time, she studied abroad in London, England and Salamanca, Spain, where she painted two public murals. Following her graduation, she moved to Seattle, Washington and lived for a year and a half as a working artist, practicing her craft alongside a retail position at Artist & Craftsman Supply. She learned about materials and techniques and was able to represent herself professionally in the Seattle arts community. When she returned to Virginia, she began a small business, Meredith Cheatwood Fine Art (MCFA) and manages all sales, commissions, marketing, and graphic design responsibilities. She is also the social media administrator and graphic designer for another local business, Waverleigh Creative. Meredith has had work featured in several galleries across the United States, including Marin Society of Artists, Art Fluent, Las Lagunas Gallery, Remarque Print Workshop, and Hera Gallery. She has experience in scriptwriting, technical writing, traditional and contemporary poetry, and is currently working on a novel that is expected to reach completion in early 2021.
As I explore my identity as a working artist, I challenge the boundaries between different media of artmaking that I have practiced throughout several years of studio art education. I combine techniques and materials pulled from drawing, painting, and traditional photography, as a few examples. I follow a semi-observational method that combines specific subjects alongside non-representational and often geometric themes. I take risks with “classroom” understandings of color, composition, or shape and emphasize the similarities between different media that converse via the formal elements of artmaking.
Being a creative writer as well as an artist, I often incorporate textual elements in my work, breaching the boundary between written language and visual imagery. In combining these modes of creative expression, I accelerate the impact and distinctiveness of my work while exploring my practice. As I continue working in this vein, I hope to continue questioning and venturing, pushing the bounds of my decision-making as I disrupt traditional parameters of genre and discover exciting possibilities in their synthesis.
-Meredith Cheatwood 2021