Megan Powell

‘Untitled’ moving image portrait, 11 minutes 55 seconds, HD video & photographic prints

Megan was awarded the open commission for Outrider and her work followed a week’s residency at Winterbourne House and Garden at the University of Birmingham. The Birmingham and District bee keepers association are based at Winterbourne, Megan worked with one of the bee keepers filmed here who also works as a gardener at Winterbourne.  Megan produced a moving image portrait studying separateness and solidarity, the individual and the whole.

The viewer is taken through the motions of the hive, captured with beautiful cinematography, slow motion tracking and delicate focus to create a painterly aesthetic inspired by Richter. The portrait shows a world which mirrors interior and exterior patterns. Mediating between reconstruction and staging of beekeeping and the photography of Alfred Watkins.