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By Beca Grimm | Photo: Portraits by Mary Caroline Russell | Shot on location at Coco + Mischa | July 30, 2018
Alpharetta-raised 20-something Meredith Anne White is working to make her art accessible while building up fellow artists’ worth.
You’ve definitely seen Meredith Anne White around Atlanta. Well, maybe not her in the flesh, but definitely her work. Bright shapes, a playful use of color and the female form are at the center of this multimedia artist’s style, adorning walls across the city—from Ponce City Market boutique Coco + Mischa to restaurants like Krog Street Market’s casual cafe, Recess. You might even spot one of her gorgeous scarves—featuring soft beryl curves, a golden breast bouncing in jubilee, cool oceanic tones, among other design elements—rocked in the ponytail of a textbook-cool girl wandering EAV, or around the neck of a suave dude also donning a motorcycle jacket. White is everywhere—and ATL is all the better for it.
Though, White didn’t grow up inside the perimeter. She hails from the then-pastoral expanse of Alpharetta; since both parents worked, White spent many formative years in after-school programs with nannies from faraway locales such as Brazil, Colombia and Sweden. She says this helped pry open a creative eye through insight into other cultures. It also helped ignite her interest in exploring the big city just south.
“I escaped with friends at any moment I could,” White says about her teenage “rebellion.” “I used to come down to see small shows during the week without warning. Sorry, Mom!”
White has resided in Atlanta since studying art history at the University of Georgia, recently relocating to a Decatur home, where she will finally have studio space to keep plugging away at creative ventures. During her UGA tenure, White noticed a major dearth of women creating art across the ages. It was just their form showing up in textbooks—and even then, it was a very specific body type represented. These glaring omissions largely guided her developing style and artistic inspirations. Namely, depicting women’s “inherent beauty. And by inherent beauty, I mean all of our flaws that make us imperfectly human,” she says.
White prices her work along a spectrum in attempts to make it accessible to all Atlantans, no matter how imperfect their bank statements. That was, after all, one of the motivators in developing her new scarf line (from $25), which she plans to expand to include additional wearable art in the coming months. “This allows my peers to invest in me without having to break the bank,” White says. “It’s also functional.” However, she’s careful to point out limitations. “Don’t get me wrong though—artists should be paid what they’re worth. Know your client and ask what the task is worth. It sets the tone for other artists to follow.” @meredithannewhite