Megan Reed is an artist in Los Angeles. She creates pieces from the detritus of single-use culture by forming discardable packaging into tangible, present day, absurdist relics or contemporary figures. She begins by cutting or using existing shapes from materials at hand, often styrofoam, cardboard or plywood, through a process of drawing and collage. These shapes are then fused together with hydrocal creating a kind of permanence: an individualized, unique handmade object from mass produced materials. The texture and heft of the plaster places them in the vernacular of ancient and modern architecture and monuments. Referencing stone circles, the colors of urban architecture, Cyclopean rock formations, and cairns, her work represents sites of community, precarities of human engineering, and places for leaving individual marks. Through a process of bricolage, the works form a response to the dominant vernacular of consumer culture, forming a semi-permanent response.

Reed earned her MFA in Painting from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA, where she was the recipient of the Graduate Painting Teaching Fellowship and the Rex Ray Material Support Award. She also holds an MA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA from New York University. She has taught at California College of the Arts, Diablo Valley College and Southern Illinois University. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at MASS MoCA, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, where she created an installation as part of the campus's permanent art collection. Her work has appeared twice in New American Paintings, in Vogue Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has been included in group shows at Harper's Los Angeles, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, MASS Moca, and Johansson Projects, among others. Her most recent solo show was held at Halsey McKay Gallery, in East Hampton, NY.