Portland illustrator, maker, and educator Meg Hunt is the January artist for Post Art Northwest. To my untrained eye her work is retro Googie style meets 21st century meets sheer awesomeness. Let me be completely honest: The 3-5 introductory sentences I write at the start of each PANW post is quite possibly the most challenging situation I encounter each month. I spend far too many hours staring at the computer screen during the last week of the month, struggling to translate the nebulous feelings inside my head into a few actual words. I don’t know a lot about art, which makes the right words all the more elusive. The more I like an artist, the harder it is. I like Meg and her work a lot, so you can imagine that this has not been easy. All that to say, I’m fairly confident that retro Googie style meets 21st century meets sheer awesomeness is not the best description. Regardless, I am a huge fan, and I’m so delighted to have Meg as a part of PANW.
It took me at least 20 minutes on Google to stumble upon Googie, which I had never heard of before. Now I am completely smitten with the term.
SIX QUESTIONS FOR MEG
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to make things– I figured art would be in there somewhere. I kind of wanted to be a puppeteer to follow in Jim Henson”s footsteps! But I wound up illustrating and making things for a living.
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?
I’m pretty introverted, although I’m fiercely loyal to the people I know and curious about meeting new people.
What are your top three Portland area restaurants?
Do you have a favorite book?
I really love Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost— I read at an important moment in life and think back to it often!
What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
I bounce back between fiction and nonfiction, but the last book I read was Dan Jurafsky’s The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu. I really enjoy reading about linguistics and etymology, and so this was a really fun read!
Thank you so much Meg, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!
Congratulations klk87, you are the winner of our January postcard! I will be in touch shortly to get it to you.
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