Meighan West

Artist Statement

Meighan West is a multifaceted artist with a background in dance, painting, fashion design, writing and more recently film making and animation. Throughout her career she has been drawn to emotions and the female body. Growing up in dance, attending and modelling in life drawing classes as well as studying fashion arts have all made her highly in tuned with the intricacies of the body and how it moves. Inspired by how the body can be used for self-expression, her various mediums have included dance as the subject as a form of emotional expression. Drawn to the complexity of emotion she also delves into the theme of connection, whether that’s connection with others or the self. She recently created a short film, Little Girls Past, that has been selected and/or nominated for 14 film festivals. This short explores the relationship between a young girl and her mother who has multiple personalities. While most films tend to focus on the person with the intellectual/emotional disorder, this film focuses on the child and how facing these personalities affects her. West is often drawn to using the female form to express the emotional connections she is inspired by, she’s also a strong advocate for feminist issues. She has done an international speech with Amnesty International in Amsterdam on the subject matter of feminism in art, using her own art as well as other well-known artists as examples. As her works develop in the animation and film industry, she has motivations to start her career on the path of animation with a strong interest in production design as her career develops.



  • Set Builder - Mood fabrication & design - 2022-2023
  • Background Performer - Flint Strong – July 2022
  • Props Stylist Assistant - Shelly Schnier | LCBO – July 2022
  • Mural Artist Odeon Fitness – June 2021
  • Speaker, ‘Signature Event’ Hamilton Arts Week – Hamilton Arts Council - June 2021
  • Speaker Painting For Women’s Rights – Amnesty International– March 2021


  • 4 Theatre Film Festival
  • 8 & Half Film Festival (Winner Best Student Film)
  • Alt Film Festival
  • Belgrade International Film Festival
  • Couch Film Festival
  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
  • Hercules Independent Film Festival (Honorable mention)
  • Hobnobben Film Festival
  • Kalakari Film Festival 
  • New Visions Film Festival
  • Portuguese Lemur International Film Festival
  • Student World Impact Film Festival (best documentary nomination)
  • Wild Filmmaker Festival (Winner, Best Super Short Film)

Selected Skills

  • Nuke
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Rotoscoping
  • Compositing
  • Animation

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