Meredith Starr’s projects are attempts to reflect our own humanity back at us- by cataloging the ephemera she uncovers–plastic she and her family accumulated in a year, wavelengths of collected love stories, records of how she spent her time, patterns sneezes make in space. Her current body of work transforms the artifacts and research she unearths into a tactile or visual experience for her audience. By sharing the observations she makes, she invites ethical judgment, for example about the state of our ecology, domesticity and gender politics. Meredith’s process is unpredictable as she allows for the medium of her projects to serve the subject-matter, including analog processes like cyanotype printing and contemporary technology like virtual and augmented reality. Her finished projects are often displayed as accumulations-both indexed and often interactive for the viewer to engage and reflect on the social commentary she’s making.
Starr is a full time professor of visual arts at SUNY Suffolk County Community College. She is the recent recipient of the FATE (Foundations in Art Theory and Education) Emerging Educator Award. Her drawings have been published in Space Out: Memory and Tool Book. She is a member of the Wayfarers Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn and has shown internationally in cities such as the Hague, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and nationally in Chicago, DC, Pasadena, and New York. She recently exhibited Plastic Lakes at Art Lab Tokyo in Japan and her 10,000 Droplets as part of the What We Create May Save Us exhibit at Ejecta Projects in Pennsylvania.