Dead Kittie: At Home in the Quiet Eerie with Megan Majewski

Factory Worker Media

Vancouver artist Megan Majewski is as enigmatic as her paintings. Immersed in the hectic last-minute preparations before the opening of group show Inflorescence at Ayden Gallery this Friday, she fastidiously attends “some pieces that got messed up,” while answering a few questions about the ethereal world of her ghostly lost girls and spooky-cute furry animals. “I see them more as pretty than dark, really,” she says. The majority of faces one sees depicted throughout her work are those of striking young women; but the fact that they just happen to inhabit dark, surreal settings only serves to emphasize presented dichotomies between life and death, beauty and mortality, cute and creepy.

Rae (detail) Rae (detail)

For 10 years, Majewski’s art has mapped out fantastic borderlands where our cultural discomfort with death is mitigated by beauty and, despite her own apprehension about death (“to see an actual dead person would most likely make me feel…

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