At one time, Michi Meko (MEEchee MEEkoe) and I were neighbors residentially. When he lived in southwest Atlanta’s Metropolitan Lofts, and Elevation Gallery held open studio nights there, I was sometimes part of the throng that passed through his space. Nowadays we are workplace neighbors, given his current post at the West End Arts Center. Still, his face is one I’m always glad to recognize at arts events around town—and all the more so since I realized how close he came to drowning in 2016.
A native of Florence, Alabama, Meko (each of his names is actually a nickname bestowed by his parents) holds a BA in fine arts from the University of North Alabama. Water shows up as a theme in several of his recent solo exhibitions, including one he completed on the eve of his almost fatal accident. His work has been part of group exhibitions in Atlanta, Detroit, and Nanjing, among other places. Meko was twice a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and he has received grants from Idea Capital, WonderRoot’s CSA program, and Flux Projects. In 2017, his work has appeared in “One Last Smile Before the Undertow” at University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Zuckerman Museum of Art’s “Gut Feelings” exhibition [read Logan Lockner’s review here].
[This is a condensed eight-minute excerpt of the hourlong conversation.]
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