Gitmo: The Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Collage on paper, 47 x 39 inches
All is Brahman, 2015, Collage, 14 x 11 inches
White Tara, 2012, Collage: Letters cut from the Koran, 14x11 inches
Meg Hitchcock is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and studied classical painting in Florence, Italy. Her work with sacred texts is a culmination of her lifelong interest in religion, literature, and psychology. Hitchcock's work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Berlin, and reviewed in Art in America, ArtCritical, The New Criterion, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and The Daily Beast. Her work is included in "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now" at Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas.
In the artist's text drawings she examines and dissect the word of God. She deconstructs a scared text by cutting its individual letters, and reassembles them to form a passage from another holy book. The Koran is transformed into the Bible, the Bible into the Bhagavad Gita, and so on. Meg discourages a literal reading of the text by eliminating punctuation and spacing; a sentence from one text merges with a passage from another.
By bringing together the sacred writings of diverse religions, the artist undermines their authority and speaks to the common thread that weaves through all scripture. The labor-intensive aspect of her work is a meditation practice as well as an exploration of the various forms of devotion. Meg's work is a celebration of the diverse experiences of spirituality and the universal need for connection with something greater than oneself. In the end, the holy word of God may be nothing more than the sublime expression of our shared humanity.