Meg Harder was born in St. Catharines and currently lives in Kitchener. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo Undergraduate Fine Arts Program, which included an exchange to the Bezealel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. Intrigued by the politically saturated artworld in Israel, Harder became interested in understanding the capacity of art to address and affect local communities and issues. Since returning to Canada, she has focused on addressing primarily environmental concerns. Most recently, she has begun to align her art practice with the longstanding animating cultural principal of bioregionalism, a notion or intuition that physical and spiritual truth can be found in local natural systems. Her work resists economic and political domination by a civilization that is disconnected from our local ecologic community and imagines alternative ways of living. This includes resisting artistic practices that require consuming goods that have come from somewhere else. The resulting work acts as a point of cultural mediation between individuals and the bioregion.
Harder recently completed a residency at rare Charitable Research Reserve where she worked in collaboration with ecologists to produce art. She is experimenting with creating installation and traditional art materials such as paper, pigment, and tools using invasive species or green waste. In this way, she hopes her art will not only elevate the local bioregion in the minds of community members but also contribute to the physical well being of the region’s natural community.