Megan Broadmeadow(b.1978) is a Welsh artist who lives and works in London. Broadmeadows’ work finds it origin in customs and folklore, yet mixes in references to current popular phenomena to re-examine the position and relevance of these traditions in today’s society. The resulting fabricated new mythologies are a hybridization of amateur theatre, carnival and disco cultures and take the form of sculptures, performances, costumes and video. In her live work she interprets the transformative moment of the performative act with a particular interest in character, ridiculousness and ritual, and has a strong interest in costume and the adornment of the body when performing. She utilises vivid colour and lighting to raise tension between surface and structure in objects, and her sculptural practice explores the performative possibilities of space.
Broadmeadow is currently an MFA student in Fine Art at Goldsmiths , University of London. Selected group shows: This is the End (part two) at 389 Melrose St, Brooklyn, New York, 11433.83 /Two Sides of the Same Coin, a twinned show with Russian Frost Farmers and G39 Gallery (Cardiff, Wales and Wellington, New Zealand) andLOCWS 4, Swansea. Solo exhibitions have been held at Oriel Mostyn (Spotlight) & the National Eisteddfod of Wales. She was awarded the highly commended prize at the Welsh Artist of the Year Awards 2010. She is currently in receipt of an Arts Council research and development grant which will culminate in a solo exhibition at G39 Gallery, Cardiff, Autumn 2013.
A Corruption of Mass (2015 2’41”)
Bismuth, when ingested can cure an upset stomach.
It can kill too, having now replaced lead in bullet manufacture.
More curiously, it has uniquely strong diamagnetic properties, and is a valued shamanic tool offering insight into other realms.
It was also discovered at Roswell, and might possibly provide the answer to unlocking the mystery of alien space travel.
In A Corruption of Mass, Broadmeadow has choreographed movements for a female dancer in response to Bismuth’s uniquely complex fractalesque characteristics. The core of the film alludes to the other worldliness this element evokes, whilst simultaneously tracing its chemical journey from ingot to crystal.