Megan McGaffigan is an artist with deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. Raised in Saratoga, California she fostered a love for animals from a very young age. Megan’s life long affinity for animals led to a natural interest in pursuing animal topics her own work. After receiving her BFA in Metalsmithing from Montana State University she moved back to California to pursue an MFA from California College of the Arts.
In the Bay Area, Megan began looking closer at human-animal relationships throughout history. Currently her work examines how humans anthropomorphize their dogs, share their homes with them and even their beds. Informed by photographic documentation of the obsessive, bizarre, and sometimes perverse dog culture prominent in the Bay Area, Megan creates canine adornments in a variety of media such as metal, paper, fabrics, and found objects. These objects demonstrate the social qualities and roles that dogs play in our society. Dogs have become reflections and extensions of us. They act as status symbols, objects that adorn us, and in turn we adorn them. There is an underlying sense of humor visible in her work that leaves viewers feeling entertained, but also implicated in the existing dog obsessed culture.