Megan Wynne is an Irish artist who works primarily in photography and text-based media. Her work is inspired by everyday human experiences. The passing of time and exploring identity, within the self as well as the external world, are the major themes that she chooses to work with. Wynne has exhibited in group shows in both Dublin and Tallinn, including: IADT In the Making; Milk, (Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin 2023), Women's Day Exhibition, (The Darkroom, Dublin 2023), Üks Teist/One Another, (Suur-Karja 7, Tallinn 2022) and BFO Exhibition (EKA, Tallinn 2022).
My final year project has been centred on exploring the human experience, the transience of time and the connections we make with our environments. I developed a technique of exposing 35mm film multiple times. I captured the serendipitous nature of the human experience, how people and places from our lives are connected in unexpected ways. The nature of working with multiple exposures allows for these chance encounters to happen organically on film. People who have never met before now share the same frame, landscapes that will never physically touch each other now overlap within the image. It is the lived experience of one small human life that brings these events together. In looking at all of these images as a whole piece, it illustrates how much of an impact one person can have on the wider world. However small our existence and trivial our everyday experiences may be, we all individually touch a lot of lives and make.
Anticipatory nostalgia is the experience of feeling pre-emptive sadness about an experience before it has passed. This phenomenon can lead to creativity for preservation, ensuring that the moment will live eternally even years after it has passed. My thesis defines the experience of anticipatory nostalgia, how it relates to image making and where it can be found in everyday life.