Megan Archer Joins {Suite}

New Zealand painter and collage artist now represented in Wellington.

Words: Lauren Da Silva

New Zealand painter and collage artist Megan Archer is the most recent addition to Wellington Gallery {Suite}’s stable. She joins a line-up of artists including Richard Lewer, Wayne YouleJeffrey Harris and Peter Peryer.

Archer graduated from The University of Canterbury’s IIam School of Fine Arts in 2010, embarking on seven years of exhibiting in solo and group shows in London and Berlin, before returning to Aotearoa in 2018. These days, she maintains a studio on Auckland’s Queen Street.

When asked to describe her work, Archer says her practice “is concerned with the intersection of digital processes and traditional art-making techniques, playfully connecting digital and analogue methods of production.” Her works depict the human form in celebration and condemnation of technology’s influence on self-identity and our navigation of sexual intimacy, using a mixture of oil painting, collage and digital manipulation to create surreal, boundary-blurring imagery.

{Suite} presents Archer’s collage work at the gallery in November-December this year. The inaugural show serves as a prologue to a larger exhibition of her paintings slated for 2020.

Image: Megan Archer, The Foot Massage, 2017. Collage, 18.5 x 18.5cm, Courtesy: the artist and {Suite} Art Gallery, Wellington.

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