Meredith Cheatwood is a visual artist and creative writer from Norfolk, Virginia. She earned a high honors BA (Studio Art/English, Spanish minor) from Wake Forest University in 2018. During that time, she studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain and painted two public murals. After graduating, she moved to Seattle, Washington and lived for fifteen months as a working artist, practicing her craft alongside a retail position at Artist & Craftsman Supply. When she returned to Virginia, she began a small business, Meredith Cheatwood Fine Art (MCFA) and acted as the social media administrator and graphic designer for a local media/broadcasting company. Meredith has had work featured in several galleries across the United States and hosted an independent show, "Through the Exit Wound," in her hometown in July of 2021. She is currently enrolled in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is pursuing a Masters in Interior Design.
As I explore my identity as a working artist, I am learning to challenge the "familiar" characteristics of media I have practiced over many years of studio art education. Most frequently, I combine techniques or materials from collage, painting, and analogue photography and present specific subjects alongside non-representational or geometric motifs. I strive to take risks with classroom understandings of color, composition, and shape and uncover similarities between disparate media that converse via the formal elements of artmaking.
Being a cerebral writer as well as a tactile maker, I recurrently incorporate textual elements in my work to explore the boundary between the literary and the visual. I hope to continue questioning and venturing, pushing the bounds of my decision-making and discovering the exciting possibilities within the synthesis of creative avenues of expression.
-Meredith Cheatwood 2021