Installation view of Meagan Streader’s <em>Sky Whispers</em> 2023 on display as part of the <em>Melbourne Now</em> exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne from 24 March – 20 August 2023. Image: Sean Fennessy

Meagan Streader

Meagan Streader
(b. 1989, Mildura, Victoria. Lives and works in Melbourne)

Meagan Streader works with light and space, predominantly in sculpture and installation. In her art practice she manipulates, re‑ interprets and extends upon the existing boundaries of constructed spaces, with her site-specific interventions changing the viewer’s relationship with the surrounding architecture and sense of scale. It’s in this way that her work reveals and interrogates the pervasive role of light in the way we experience fabricated spaces.

Sky whispers, 2023, transforms a section of The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia into an immersive installation made from light tape. The lines and shapes reference the light phenomena glimpsed in the fractal geometry of the building’s facade. Sky whispers simultaneously sympathises with the building’s architecture though line and shape, and responds to the various ways light enters into and is refracted across the gallery spaces and voids. Streader offers a way to experience this architecture that is momentary, emotional and affective.

Streader completed a Bachelor of Fine Art/Visual Arts at Queensland University of Technology in 2010. Since then, she has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including in solo exhibitions at MARS Gallery, Melbourne; McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Melbourne; Metro Arts, Brisbane; Milani CARPARK, Brisbane; and Pepper House Studios, Fort Kochi as part of the KochiAIR program in Kerala, India. Her work has been shown at Dark Mofo, Hobart; Underbelly Arts Festival at Cockatoo Island, Sydney; Brisbane Powerhouse; Arts House, Sydney; and more. Streader has undertaken a New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation residency, and her work is held in the collections of the Justin Art House Museum in Melbourne and Gold Coast University Hospital, as well as private collections in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. She is represented by MARS Gallery, Melbourne.