About the Project
Her Garden is a stream-of-consciousness audiobook and forthcoming experimental feature film infused with themes that focus on mental illness, mermaids, and love. The story takes place circa 3am in the mind of a woman who is having difficulty sleeping. As she tosses and turns, she reflects on her childhood in a poor urban area being raised by her widowed mother while unfairly tasked with looking after her mentally ill aunt. The lines between reality and imagination blur as she drifts in and out of sleep, consciousness, dreams, and memories trying to find stable ground amid grief and hope.
Her Garden was produced by Quail Bell Press & Productions in Brooklyn, NY. The writer is Meagan J. Meehan; the director/narrator is Christine Stoddard; and the sound designer is Jacob M. Baron. Pictured: Meagan J. Meehan (left) and Christine Stoddard (right).
Born to a Salvadoran mother and American father, Christine Stoddard (director/narrator) is a multi-disciplinary artist holding an MFA from The City College of New York. She founded Quail Bell Press & Productions, including Quail Bell Magazine, and has produced Quail Bell events at FiveMyles Gallery, Broadway Comedy Club, Arts On Site, and elsewhere. Her produced films and plays include Mi Abuela, Queen of Nightmares; Sirena’s Gallery; Naomi & the Reckoning; Bottled; Butterflies; and other titles. The author of fiction, art, and non-fiction books, Stoddard has contributed words and images to The Huffington Post, Bustle, Cosmopolitan, and other publications. Ms. Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Portland Review are among the publications that have featured her creative practice. She was the first-ever artist-in-residence at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and part of inaugural AIR cohorts at the Queens Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Public Library-Eastern Parkway. During her AIR tenure at HeartShare Human Services of New York, she painted 17 murals and as AIR at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, she created 11 outdoor sculptures. She is a three-time Puffin Foundation grantee and one of FOLIO’s “Top 20 Media Visionaries in their 20s.” She has shown work at the Howard County Center for the Arts, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, New York Transit Museum, Poe Museum, Waveland Ground Zero Museum, Walters Museum, Fowler Museum, and beyond.
Meagan J. Meehan (audiobook writer/screenwriter) is a published author, poet, cartoonist, and produced playwright and screenwriter. She pens columns for Vocal Media, HVY, Blasting News, Kidskintha Blog, and Entertainment Vine. She is also a stop-motion animator and an award-winning abstract artist. Meagan holds a Bachelors in English Literature from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), a Masters in Communication from Marist College, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning at University at Buffalo (SUNY). She is an animal advocate and a fledgling toy, game, and shoe designer. A curator and art teacher as well as an artist, Meagan serves on the board of directors of Westbury Arts. She is the founder of the “Conscious Perceptionalism” art movement.
Jacob Maximillian Baron (sound designer) is a filmmaker and videographer working out of New York, NY. His work - ranging from narrative films and documentaries to music videos and experimental shorts - has been shown both domestically and internationally at various festivals and events. He's pleased as punch to be working with his wonderful collaborator Christine Stoddard for the millionth time, approximately.