Meg Alexander
Found Time: The Paradox of Meg Alexander’s Drawings
Exerpt from an essay by M. Rachael Arauz, Ph.D.
August 2021

Peony Paradox #16 features a close view of a single bud, just opening. Layered petals encircle the central profusion of stamens, and seem to float above the stiff geometry of the plant’s foliage. Shadow fills the interior void, pushing back at the viewer’s impulse to peer inside. 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.