Megan Dominescu

b. 1997

Megan Dominescu is a visual artist, living and working in Bucharest, Romania. She graduated from the Department of Painting at the National University of the Arts, Bucharest in 2018.

”From life-size crocheted figures to rug-hooked scenes of whimsical and alien subjects, Dominescu’s work mingles difficult subject matter with lighthearted imagery. She uses humor to convey the hardships people face and the “absurdity” of the world we inhabit.” Omar Gabr, for artsy, 10 Gen Z Artists around the World Offer a Look inside Their Art Practices

“Using humor as a weapon, Dominescu sheds light on societal contrasts using the bizarre and absurd.” Artnet Galleries Team

Megan Dominescu, Babe, look up, 2022
Megan Dominescu, Take Us to Your LIDL, 2022

Her fresh outtake on contemporary textile art through rug hooking and embroidery tackles topics such as representation of women in the media, ecological decay, and post-digital culture.

Megan’s tapestries create an a-poetic pop mythology in fibers collected from a multitude of materials. In her work Megan uses recycled fabric strips and unraveled second-hand sweaters and carefully selects bright colours and contrasting textures, showcasing her training as a painter. The artist takes over the hypermediated world in an array of soft materials –  the day-to-day becomes an epic journey, the best scenario is that our pets take over the world and we keep on swiping left and right into the oblivion.

There is a disarming, humourous nonchalance in how Megan takes on the banalities and cliches of the tik tok-era of our brave new world. Works such ”This man is famous” or ”Miss United States” underline the absurdity of nowadays brand-religion and the instagramable cartoon-like reality. Dogs transcend humanity altogether and amidst the stream of news reels and influencers heralding a new age of anxiety and shopping-sprees, the pervasive online culture is laid bare in tactile form.

Megan Dominescu’s hooked rug pieces provided humorous critiques on contemporary aspects of society ​ →
Megan Dominescu’s hooked rug pieces provided humorous critiques on contemporary aspects of society ​ →
Megan Dominescu, Self-portrait with baguette, 2022
Megan Dominescu, Mister Misery, 2022
Megan Dominescu, I don't know my employer, I don't care who's in charge, 2021

Megan Dominescu is a visual artist, living and working in Bucharest, Romania. She graduated from the Department of Painting at the National University of the Arts, Bucharest in 2018. Born in the Netherlands to Romanian and American parents, Megan grew up in Washington, D.C. and later moved to Bucharest, Romania. Megan’s clashing background is a strong inspiration in her practice. Using humor as a weapon, Megan’s work is focused on observing and documenting the absurd, shedding light on cultural contrasts and celebrating the bizarre. Megan is a member of the multidisciplinary art space MOXA20 in Bucharest and is one half of the DJ duo Miss Clitoral.

Dominescu’s works are in public collections such as Contemporary Art Museum Bucharest, ING Tech, Santozeum Museum Santorini and private collections collection.

Solo Exhibitions

2022 Hell Was Boring, They Don’t Even Have 5G’, Anca Poterașu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2022 ART BRUSSELS, Bruxelles, Belgium

2021 ‘Ignore This Part, It’s an Advertisement’, part of Amural arts festival, Brasov, Romania

2020 Use Me, White Cuib, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2020 your sweetness is my weakness, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2019 Regrete eterne, Cazul 101, Bucharest, Romania

2019 All Dogs Go to Heaven, Kube Musette, Bucharest, Romania

Group exhibitions

2024 RAD ART Fair 2024, Bucharest, Romania

2024 NADA NEW YORK 2024, New York, United States of America

2023 NADA Miami Art Fair in dialogue with Yasmina Assbane and Sebastian Hosu, Miami, Florida, USA

2023 Timișoara Art Encounters Biennial 2023

2022 House of Mirrors, Romanian Cultural Institute NY, New York City

2022 This is Where I Post From, META Spatiu, Timisoara, Romania

2022 Mind The Gap, Motto Books, Berlin, Germany

2022 A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, Tuesday to Friday Gallery, Valencia, Spain

2022 Borderline Case’, MODEM Museum, Debrecen, Hungary

2021 NADA MIAMI, Miami Florida, USA

2021 Borna 35 – CAPCANA, Laborna Gallery, Bucharest

2021 RADAR New Media Art Festival, Bucharest Romania

2021 FEMINITE(S), Anca Poterasu Studios, Bucharest, Romania

2021 Post Punk, Scena 9 Residency, Bucharest, Romania

2021 FOIETAJ, E T A J artist-run space, Bucharest, Romania

2020 12 Years After. A Survey of Romanian Art in 180 Works, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania

2020 Storage Moods, Suprainfinit Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2020 4/14/26 degrees east, NADA Miami in Brussels, Belgium

2020 In Midst of the Worst, the Best of Times, litost Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2020 Tapestry in Augmented Reality, One Night Gallery at Carusel Bucharest, Romania

2020 In Parallel Universes Different Things Happen, Aici Acolo Pop Up Gallery, Cluj,

2020 SUMO – The Odd Days, Litost Gallery with Anca Poterasu Gallery

2020 A Room of One’s Own, NADA New York Gallery Open 2020, Harlem, New York, United States

2019 Tenant #1, 19 Doors, Bucharest, Romania

2019 Play Pretend, Good Buy, Bucharest, Romania

2019 Cut it/Tai-o, Cazul 101, Bucharest, Romania

2018 LICENȚA, Căminul artei, Bucharest, Romania

2018 Archive 101, Cazul 101, Bucharest, Romania

Other Projects

2013 – 2015 costume designer and art teaching assistant at Sitar Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

2017 – present studio member of MOXA 20, multidisciplinary art space, Bucharest, Romania

2018 – present team member of In Context Slănic Moldova, international cultural and educational program focusing on environmental activism and cultural revitalization in the Bacău region of Romania

2019 illustration for CUTRA Magazine, Bucharest, Romania

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