My name is Meredith Steele and I am a Charleston based visual artist who thrives on exploring new methods and experimenting with unusual materials. I studied oil painting at The College of Charleston and continued to pursue a career as an oil painter in the following years. It was not until years later that I finally allowed myself to experiment with mixed media in a real way. It felt like I had unlocked a part of my creativity that I hadn’t let myself recognize yet. I started to incorporate all sorts of found, collected, and repurposed materials into my work. While I attempted letting go of traditional rules and techniques, I also wanted to use my artistic expression to celebrate women and their innate self. My most recent collections, “A Collection of HER” and “Women” are dedicated to the relationship between woman, textile, and texture. Using countless and unusual materials helps me tap into new and more interesting rhythms with my work. On any given piece you will find pencil, pen, paint, fabric, buttons, metal, wire, paintbrushes, rubber, etc. All the different patterns, textures, and mediums create an individual personality for every piece. Boldly feminine, the subjects of my work are dynamic and will leave the viewer noticing new details every time he/she looks at it. My artistic experience ranges from large installation work and murals to commission paintings and original series. Regardless of the project, my biggest hope professionally is to continue on a path of exploration.