Meg Alexander
"Alexander's recent series, Peony Paradoxes, comprises seventeen drawings, each created with the spare materials of India ink on paper. Most of the drawings are 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, but three are slightly larger at 11 x 15 inches. Alexander's attention to this familiar blossom was motivated by a personal connection to an ailing friend with a family history in peony cultivation."  

"Alexander constructs the entire blossom from the absence of ink--the brightest whites are only the pure paper--and her skill at building form out of darkness establishes the contradiction at the heart of the series. The flower alone exists in the sunny brilliance of midday, while the leaves exist in the deep shadows of dusk or nighttime. Despite its near photographic precision, the drawing defies the temporal logic of an instantaneous snapshot and instead collapses the long hours of the day into a super-natural depiction of presence."

-- M. Rachael Arauz, PhD

Exerpts from the essay:
Found Time: The Paradox of Meg Alexander's Drawings
2022