A Canadian visual artist and professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria, Sandra Meigs is an internationally known painter and sculptor. Her mysterious but powerful work frequently evokes a dysphoric response in the viewer. Her simple shapes painted in flat blocks of colour morph under the sensitive eye into surprisingly complex, and sometimes horrifying, narratives. She is, perhaps, to the visual arts what Alice Munro is to the art of short fiction.
This exhibit is best described in Meigs own words: The Basement Panoramas are mural-scale paintings of four basement spaces. All of the paintings are 6 feet in height and anywhere from 18 to 46 feet wide. The paintings have a fresco-like surface
The paint is applied to a very absorbent ground, much like gouache, and has a matte finish. The paintings appear to be very much like drawings. All of the works contain text, which contributes to their schematic nature.
The work relates to my year of grieving after being with my husband as he succumbed to cancer in early 2010. The paintings deal with the grieving process in a universal sense. Basement spaces often hold that which we do not want to let go of. They are also the foundation of the house, analogous to the psyche.