Meg Heeres

Megan’s current practice is rooted in paper-making where her passion for experimentation, fascination with entropy and chance, and her love of science all meet. She works with unwanted plant species and the trash found where these plants reside to create art objects, installations, collaborations, and experiential workshops. Megan’s art and professional endeavors have connected into a cooperative way of working with community both inside and outside of the studio. These collaborations engage with place, people, art and plants. They have ranged from large scale green space projects (Lafayette Greens Urban Garden, Beacon Park) that involve a wide array of stakeholders, to more intimate connections through the Invasive Paper Project and site-specific artworks. She participates in projects locally and nationally, most recently at the Broad Art Lab at Michigan State University and the Herron School of Art at Indiana University. Megan has been an artist-in-residence at the Broad Art Lab at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the Michele Schara Residency at the Brightmoor Makerspace in Detroit, the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, and the Santa Fe Art Institute and Women’s International Study Center in New Mexico.


earth margins: Cast paper, phragmites, lights, motors, earth; 120″ x 96″ x 48″; 2021

Project Description

Future Present: Design in a Time of Urgency 

Its concern is the edge, and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge. 

– Mary Oliver from Upstream
At Xenoform, Megan will be uncovering and exploring San Francisco’s forgotten places and the objects that reside in those environs – dark underpasses, deserted viaducts, abandoned alleys – to find possibility, joy, and a better understanding of the broader community though these discards. She will be working in the studio responsively, allowing the place, people, and objects within to guide her processes and research. She looks forward to collaborating with Scott Kildall to imagine new landscapes and ways of being that encompass the undesirable and complicated. Through this work, she will honor both the beauty and challenge of how we tend our places and one another.

Kim Deal didn’t know: Handmade kozo, woven paper, concrete, 20″ x 16″; 2017