M. Earl received a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography and a Masters of Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Iowa. He also received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography at the University of Oregon. Currently he resides in Oregon where he is teaching at Oregon State University and Linn-Benton College.
My work explores how we make meaning out of the world around us. I’m interested in how we create significance to our existence as humans and the different ways we add value to specific objects. My art asks questions like; what is our purpose in the environments that surround us? What is our imminent future if we continue down our technological path towards a more digitized world? What happened to the myth and the miracle?
I never expect the viewer to find the answer but instead become invested in “the why” and “the what”. They are left to view the results or outcome of an event created for the sole purpose of questioning how we perceive reality. Large theoretical concepts taking the forms of simple everyday experience is a way that my work allows a simple entry into and then a long contemplation upon further investigation.
As an artist I find it’s important to tell a story that is both personal and universal. Finding the comical side of tragedy, or vice versa is what I strive to achieve. These concepts are important to me because they parody the way we cope with our own lives. If the artwork doesn’t do that, then it isn’t worth a second investigation in a world with so many distractions.