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A Real Life Charlotte's Web Turns Barns Into Glowing Temples

Neon dreamcatchers with a rustic tinge.
October 7, 2013, 9:23pm

Design Boom tipped us towards artist Megan Mosholder, an American sculptor who weaves gleaming designs into the structures of rural barns using commonplace materials like glow-in-the-dark nylon string, blacklight twine, and nails. Mosholder makes rustic Americana barns look futuristic--and almost iridescent--with her webs of vibrant glory. Consider her like Charlotte (from Charlotte's Web) meets Yayoi Kusama.

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, the artist has worked on the self-described "three-dimensional drawings" in an effort to encourage viewers to appreciate the buildings on their own, while also drawing attention to hidden details that would otherwise go unnoticed. This can include the angles of the buildings' roofs, the color of the wood, and the building's history and role in the space they rest in. The idea of space and time only get exacerbated when it's revealed she's making art on buildings that were once 1800s livestock auction rings, or Luther barns.

"Support and Seizure" (2013) via Mosholder's website

Mosholder's past work has explored similar ideas of space and structure. Her thesis work, titled A Tale Of Two Bridges (2012) examined "old conversations about city planning, race and power, older histories, and the more current social and political climate in Savannah, GA" where she got her MFA in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The piece included wood, acrylic, found objects, and weaved mason line (wink) to compose a dreamcatcher-like colorscape within a shack.

Above two images from "A Tale Of Two Bridges" (2012) via Megan Mosholder's website

Mosholder is current working on her first artist residency at The Wassaic Project in upstate New York. For more of her work, check out her equally vibrant website, here.