Meggan Joy is a self-taught photographic artist primarily focused on digital collage. Joy combines fragments of the natural sciences with her narratives and allegories; often weaving in symbols and motifs from art history to create a new surreal vision.
She fabricates this staged imagery from the ground up, growing most of her subject matter in her garden, documenting the growth, beauty and decay. Each piece is created by assembling thousands of individual photographs of botanicals, insects and other wildlife - resulting in a final image that is bursting with life and layered with hidden details and anecdotes.
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You are full of fragile and fleeting life.
You grew in imperfect seasons. And when cut back, you arose better for it. Eventually, you splintered and declined, gracefully and rotten.
I made space in your absence, yet whatever of you was here, still lingers. Your thorns still catch my hair; your scent still gives me direction.
It was dark, and then it wasn't. The portion of you that is gone is the home to my fresh growth.
And our ghosts smell of wet earth and honey.