Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stacey E Meyer - Painter

"Fox", 4" x 6", Oil on paper, 2012
Stacey Meyer

Name: Stacey E Meyer
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
Twitter: @staceymaude

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

I am a painter.  I work in oils on linen, panel and paper.  I use a lot of metal, pulverized metal and gilt.  The paintings are portraits in abstract surroundings.  I consider all my work to be self-portraits in one sense or another.  I am currently working on a series of more literal self-portraits based on a series of travels.  Each painting represents one trip and the adventure/s encountered or sought during that trip.  I am also starting a Kickstarter project based on these pieces called "Desperately Seeking Adventure-Self-Portraits Phase IV".  I hope to have 10 pieces to show at, as of yet, an undetermined venue, by June of 2013.  We'll see.  This body of work is different from my past work in that it is much more literal in it's imagery.  I have not used my own face as subject matter for the past two decades or so. 

Detail of "Troncones"

How did you decide to become an artist?
I decided to become an artist in 1990 when I started dating an artist.  His roommate was also an artist and a lot of his friends.  I fell in love with their life and their work and I just knew that that was what I was meant to do.  I had previously planned to become an engineer and I completely changed plans and started working on a portfolio to use to apply to art schools.  

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 
Never plan on making any money as an artist. 

"Troncones", 36" x 48", Oil on linen, 2012

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?

Right now I am just using my website: 
and Gallery Co:  

I have really just started to market myself over the past year or so with twitter:
staceymaude and Facebook:  I did use Etsy in the past, but don't use it anymore.  As I said before, I am starting a Kickstarter project to complete my current body of work.  

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? 
I love Caitlin Karolczak's work: 
and Carolyn Swiszcz's work: 
and Kathleen Day-Coen's work:  

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?

I like Cult Status Gallery: 
and Rogue Buddha Gallery: 
and Fox Tax Gallery:  

You would see a lot of talented local artists and a wide variety of mediums and innovative work.  It's also fun to go to the galleries at the art schools, like MCAD: and Weisman Art Museum: and the Katherine Nash Gallery: to see more Minnesota artists, student art and established artists work.  

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? 

I definitely use Facebook and Twitter as resources for upcoming shows and opening receptions more than any other resources. 

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I am currently, this week, starting a Kickstarter project to raise money to complete my most recent body of work.  10 self-portraits trying to capture the real weight of the experience of adventure/s sought through travel.  

Stacey Meyer
photo by Elizabeth DeCicco

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