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Meaghan Ogilvie is a Canadian photographer who captures the interaction between people and nature through creative portraits over the past ten years. Her ongoing work surrounds her love of water, sharing both the beauty and plight of our relationship to it. Past projects focus on water conservation, collaborating with The Seabin Project in St.Maarten and the Anishinaabe community in Ontario. Meaghan has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions received locally and internationally. She was granted a prestigious commission by the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games where she created Requiem of Water, a large-scale exhibition that is currently on display in Copenhagen. Ogilvie has also completed a residency in New York City with the School of Visual Arts and in Tahsis on Vancouver Island in August, 2017.
She returned to British Columbia in October 2017 to participate as a guest speaker during the Salt Spring Art Prize Festival. Meaghan shared her experience about the nature of creativity alongside Writer/Producer Atom Egoyan and Nobel Laureate Art MacDonald. Most recently she completed a sailing expedition in the Caribbean Sea aboard the Diatomée, a sailboat with a mission to raise awareness, educate and celebrate the ocean. In collaboration with a sculptor, she will be creating an installation based on this experience.
The medium for Meaghan’s art is water. Her work is submerged in the beauty and other worldliness of the ocean’s depths, her landscape the infinite blue. It’s an ethereal canvas populated by figures (invariably in white, like angels) floating serenely. Sea creatures rarely appear. It’s like the ocean was made for these heavenly bodies.
Technically accomplished in challenging conditions, Meaghan has a strong sense of environmental responsibility, these works being also acting as reminders of our shared duty towards the planet. There aren’t visible shoals of floating plastic but rather an extraordinary celebration of what we have - and what we will lose if we don’t look after it.