I have a fascination for autobiography and the recording of life experiences. I am an obsessive—but selective—documenter of daily minutiae, anecdotes, and other (in)significant events. Everything I experience is a story and everyone I encounter is a character. My memory is a subjective archive. Notes, sketches, and photographs make up the bulk of my ongoing research, focusing on moments of absurdity within the mundane, wackiness within the ordinary. Humour and exaggeration are as important to me as honesty and authenticity. By playing the roles of both character and creator/curator in my work, I design a version of my reality that is a caricature of itself.
2015 University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Fine Arts – Honors Specialization in Visual Arts with a Minor in English for Teachers, London, ON
2017 softcraft, Good Sport, London, ON (upcoming – as co-curator)
2017 THING, Good Sport, London, ON (as curator)
2016 Keepers, Forest City Gallery, London, ON
2016 Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Fesitval III, Arts Project, London, ON
2016 Coping Statements, Good Sport, London, ON (solo)
2015 In Kind, Forest City Gallery, London, ON
2015 Choose Your Own Adventure, Satellite Gallery, London, ON
2015 VAULT, ArtLAB, Western University, London, ON
2015 Annual Juried Exhibition, ArtLAB, Western University, London, ON
2014 Yes/No, ArtLAB, Western University, London, ON
2014 Nuit Blanche, Dundas Street, London, ON
2014 Turnover, Concourse Gallery, Western University, London, ON
2014 Barehead 1581, ARE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2013 Under Pressure, John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, London, ON
2013 In A Pinch, Eleanor A. Pearl Gallery, London, ON
Notable Performances and Tours
2017 Slut Island Festival, Bar Le Ritz PBD, Montreal, QC – July 20-22 (as YARD SARD)
2017 Sled Island Festival, Local 510, Calgary, AB – June 20-25 (as Shhh)
2017 Testing, Testing, Museum London, London, ON – June 4 (as Megan Arnold – with Christof Migone)
2017 Grickle Grass Festival, Children’s Museum, London, ON – May 27 (as Shhh)
2017 European Tour – Ghent, Leuven, Berlin, and Prague – April 24-May 4 (as Shhh)
2017 ON/QC Tour – London, Guelph, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal – February 10-24 (as Shhh)
2016 London Girls Rock Camp, Fanshawe College, London, ON – July 6 &19 (as YARD SARD)
2015 Winter Spectacular Festival, 121 Studios, London, ON – December 16-20 (as Shhh)
2015 VAULT, ArtLAB, Western University, London, ON – March 20 (as Megan Arnold/Shhh)
2016 Be Quite, digital album (as Shhh)
2016 Cool Creamy Dreamy Me Me’s, digital EP (as YARD SARD)
2015 Warm Days Off, digital single and B-side (as Shhh)
2014 Shhh Gets Sentimental, digital EP (as Shhh)
Selected Published Works
2016 Nihilist Dog Walks Away From Home Demo, self-published (with Maverick Summers)
2016 Untitled zine with Amanda Lawinger-Marczak, self-published (edition of 60)
2016 Teeth Dream, comic strip for 4Panel.ca (coloured by Mark Laliberte)
2016 Coping Statements, self-published silkscreened and letterpressed book (edition of 30)
2016 Birthday Burgs, comic strip for 4Panel.ca
2015 Four Hours Twice A Week zine, self-published (limited run)
2014 Untitled Nihilist Dog minicomic, self-published (with Maverick Summers)
2014 Good Listener Volume 1 minicomic, self-published (limited run)
2014 Dailies Dec 2013-March 2014 minicomic, self-published (limited run)
2013 Valuable zine, self-published (limited run)
2013 Sorry zine, self-published (limited run)
2012 The Best of Nihilist Dog minicomic, self-published (with Maverick Summers)
Community Work and Events
2017 Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival Co-Programmer, London, ON
2016-17 Studio Member/Gallery Facilitator at Good Sport, London, ON (good-sport.ca)
2016 Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair, Central Library, Hamilton, ON
2015-present Contributor for LondonFUSE (www.londonfuse.ca)
Art Co-ordinator and General Volunteer for London Girls Rock Camp, London, ON
2015 Kazoo! Print Expo, Mitchell Hall, Guelph, ON
2014-present Contributor for Weird Canada (www.weirdcanada.com)
2014-present Music Show Host at 94.9 CHRW, London, ON
2012-16 Rag Bag Bazaar, various locations, London, ON
2011-15, 2017 UP with ART Fundraiser for the Unity Project, London, ON
2011 Youth Council, Museum London, London, ON
2009-12 Imadon Expressions in Chalk Festival, various locations, London, ON
2017 London Arts Council Jury Panelist: Indigenous Artist-in- Residence, London, ON
2017 Zine Workshop Instructor, London Public Library, London, ON
2017 OAC Jury Panelist: Writer’s Works in Progress – Comic Arts, Toronto, ON
2015-16 Retail Clerk, Store Manager, Bijan’s Art Studio, London, ON
2016 SparkBox Studio, Picton, Prince Edward County, ON – February 22-March 6
Awards and Grants
2015 Dean’s Book Award, Annual Juried Exhibition, Western University
2011 Faculty of Arts and Humanities Entrance Scholarship of Excellence
2011 Harriett M. Giddens Admission Scholarship
2011 CAW Local 88 Bursary Award
2010 Best in Show Award, Imadon Expressions in Chalk Festival
2009 Best Student Award, Imadon Expressions in Chalk Festival
Wearing, Eleanor: “New Canadiana :: Shhh – Be Quite”, 19 May 2017.
Creces, Gerard: “This Other Time at Bandcamp”, 20 March 2017.
Doyle, Joey: “Shhh – Be Quite”, 6 March 2017.
Wu, Ming: “Shhh and Intervention @ Off Peak Green Barn”, 25 February 2017.
Brennan, Mark Anthony: “5 on the Fly: Crims&Flow, Shhh, Expanda Fuzz, Year of Glad, Titanium Tunnels”, 8 December 2016.
Foster, Madison: “NEW MUSIC: Shhh! – Be Quite”, 16 November 2016.
Brennan, Mark Anthony: “[Listen] Shhh – Gym Linkesque”, 15 November 2016.
Foster, Madison: “NEW MUSIC: Yard Sard – Cool Creamy Dreamy Me Me’s”, 9 September 2016.
Yard, Vanessa: “Local Music Month Exclusive: Megan Arnold of Shhh”, 14 January 2016.
Reaney, James: “Contemporary art illuminates core”, London Free Press, 13 June 2014.