is a visual artist based out of San Francisco. Wilson’s large-scale installations and public projects utilize a broad range of pop culture methodologies and aesthetics as a point of entry and engagement for the issues she addresses conceptually. She’s used traditional crafts, interior design, and sign painting to explore the meanings of “home” and “homelessness”; public murals and street art as a strategy for challenging corporate values and the surface aesthetics of capitalism; public video projections as an alternative to corporate messaging; and performance through the embodiment of a bright-pink, cuddly pig with a big grin to represent corporate criminals, doling out their “Lies,” “Toxic Debt,” and “Dirty Tricks.” Her project 99% used hand-painted signs as a form of viral messaging in support of the Occupy movement, as well as a model for providing a livable wage for labor. In addition to the United States, Wilson has created projects in Bali, Indonesia; Tokyo, Japan; Yogyakarta, Indonesia (transit project); Yogyakarta, Indonesia (mural project); Jaipur, India; and Manila, Philippines.
Maw Shein Win
is a Burmese American poet, editor and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Eleven Eleven, the Fabulist and Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions). She was artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians and other writers. Her poetry chapbook with paintings by artist Mark Dutcher, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. Her most recent poetry chapbook, Score and Bone (Nomadic Press), was nominated for a CLMP Firecracker Award. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito. http://www.el-cerrito.org/poets
Megan Wilson’s Flower Interruption
, with poetry by Maw Shein Win, is a featured artwork in the special exhibition Flower Power
, on view from June 23–October 1.