Gallery Exhibit: Meredith Cantor-Feller, Model American

Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center 
Tues., Jan 21 - Tues., Feb. 25
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Artist Reception: Wed., Jan 22, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Artist Statement

As an observer and artist I get my inspiration from the varied experiences of living and life. Using the mediums of photography and video allows me to put myself, if only briefly, into the experience of my subjects. Borrowing the still-life, snap-shots or momentary records of their lives. At times my subjects are aware of me and my camera yet there often remains a strong sense of invading of publicly private moments. I use these ready-made observations as the foundation for my questions about the living experience.

“Model American” is a working series of environmental portraits that examine the conflict of consumer expectations, behaviors and economics. This series features the employees of commonplace consumer environments posing as "Model Americans". The combination of environment and prop narrates the conflict between consumer want and human need, and the friction between consumer and citizen driving the Model American engine.

About Meredith Cantor-Feller

After completion of my BFA in photography and sculpture from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1999, I completed the MFA program at the University of Illinois. Although admitted through the photography program, with an interdisciplinary background in studio arts, the studio-based programs at the U of I encouraged the further development of a variety of materials and methods to execute my work both technically and conceptually. Working both in sculpture and two dimensionally I have developed an approach to my work that defines my concepts without material limitations.

While researching various techniques and methods for my personal work, I have been able to continue teaching a variety of age groups and educational levels, providing me with an understanding of the varied demands and expectations of individual learning groups. I am currently the Photography Program Coordinator at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse New York. Teaching provides me with a continuous stream of experimentation and creative energy that I have found nowhere else. My work is a reflection of my creative concepts and techniques that are refined in the classroom.