A pioneer of pulp painting for over 30 years, Meg Black creates New England-inspired landscapes and undulating seascapes made exclusively of natural fibers and discarded, handmade paper. When she was a budding artist, Black saved money on commercial paper by grinding paper scraps in a garbage disposal into a wet pulp, then spreading it around the canvas using plastic spoons and turkey basters. She also incorporates beaten abaca to provide a three-dimensional surface quality in her paintings and wall reliefs. Her abstract and representational artworks recreate the relationship between humanity and natural environments and place an emphasis on light and organic shapes.
After teaching middle school art in her native Syracuse, New York, Black earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from the State University of New York, Oswego in 1984; Master of Arts degree in studio art from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1989; and her doctorate in educational studies at Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2000. She moved to Boston in 1986 to pursue her career as a professional artist, exhibiting in various art festivals around the city and interacting with potential buyers. Black is nationally and internationally recognized amongst art professionals, working on large-scale projects and collaborating with interior designers and architects. The artist has taught art history, papermaking and printmaking at Salem State University, Massachusetts–where she is currently the coordinator of Art Education– Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts, and Studio Arts College International, Florence, Italy. She has contributed to publications such as Hand Papermaking Magazine and appeared on Home and Garden TV.
Black’s work has been acquisitioned into private, corporate, healthcare, and public collections. Collectors of her work live as far as Venice, Italy to the remote corners of northern Alaska. Her works have been exhibited all over Massachusetts, including the Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative; J. David Broudo Gallery of Art, Endicott College; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton; and Worcester Art Museum.