Megan Koth grew up in Cave Creek, Arizona. She attended Arizona State University on a President’s Scholarship, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014. In 2018, she moved to California to pursue a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During this time, she has been awarded the Howard Fenton Award for Excellence in Painting by the UCSB School of Art, as well as the Ludington-Parshall Scholarship Award by the Santa Barbara Art Association. Her work has appeared in Voyage-Phoenix, LA Weekly, and Hyperallergic, and Phoenix New Times.
Through a decidedly queer, feminist lens, Koth addresses the often fraught relationship that can exist between the topography and interiority of the body. Viral internet imagery, contemporary makeup trends, and the traditions of painting and self-portraiture converge to address themes of body horror, obsessive self-evaluation and maintenance, as well as the liminal space of self-care. Drawing from her own experiences with chronic health issues, Koth interrogates how personal grooming in the form of skincare and beauty rituals can be a crucial exterior reaction to interior anxieties towards exerting, and sometimes losing, control over one’s body and health.
You can also find her on instagram @megakoth