Landry McMeans is a full time artist based in Austin, TX with a passion for the Sonoran Desert. Purple mountains, neon sunsets, and saguaro cacti have been staple subjects in her work since she first picked up cardboard relief as her primary medium in 2005, while earning a degree in Communication Design from Texas State University. In addition to her visual art, McMeans is a songwriter and steel guitar player who has spent the last decade touring nationally and internationally with her personal band Palomino, Brooklyn, NY based band, Gangstagrass (Emmy nominees for the theme song to the FX TV series Justified), and her former group, The Lonesome Heroes (Austin, TX).
McMeans stumbled upon cardboard as an artistic medium while working on a school project in her 3D Design class in 2005. The assignment was simply to experiment with foam core, mat board, or cardboard, and to explore the possibilities of textures and shadows within a medium. Given the accessible, affordable, and abundant nature of cardboard, McMeans’ artistic inspiration escalated, and she executed all assignments for the semester from cardboard, including a cardboard chair, equipped to hold a 250 pound, 6 foot tall man (her professor). Now, McMeans largely uses archival corrugated board, an acid free, cotton based material similar to cardboard that is guaranteed to last a minimum of 300 years.
I design vibrant and colourful scenes of the Southwest and its native flora and fauna. My work is a simplistic and intentional extraction of layered colors and shapes that create a dimensional pop aesthetic. My mediums include hand-cut stencil prints, 3D cardboard relief, and screenprints.
The advantage that hand-cut stencil prints provide me is the ability to produce multiple original prints of a single design while keeping the integrity of original work. Each print has a hand printed quality and texture with inevitable unique nuances and an evoloving color palette.
A compliment to the stencil prints is my 3D cardboard relief work. Using the same design and stylistic themes, cardboard relief provides the addition of a truly multidimensional experience. I manipulate acid free cardboard and build it into a shadow box frame. The final result is a 3D textured rendition of these simplistic 2D stencil print designs that offer a more life-like and even psychedelic experience.