Meghan Faulkner is a self-taught visual artist located in the Illinois countryside. Largely influenced by Dutch painters of the seventeenth century, her photos aim to open the eye to moments otherwise considered mundane; carving the everyday out from the darkness and into the light. A bowl, a piece of bread, a particular drape in fabric, a strand of grapes hanging vaingloriously from the edge of the table; these are just a few of the motifs you might find in her work, which ranges from table settings to portraits. Faulkner takes on these pieces of quotidian life and gives them a new, deeper sense of purpose; turning everyday moments into a sort of poetry, a narrative told through the use of stillness, light, and the beauty that unfolds there if only we pause to look. It's not so much about the beautiful moments than it is the ones in between; the here and there, all that we aren't waiting on to happen.
Her work can be found in private collections, exhibitions, and curators' homes across the world. When she's not taking photos, she can be found chasing the odd ray of light, rummaging through antique stores, or wandering through fields; forever in search for the break in darkness, the life in death, and the beautiful in what's not.