was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and holds a MFA in Printmaking from Northern Illinois University and a BFA in Photography from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Since 2009 McGovern has been rooted in Portland Oregon where he teaches printmaking and digital photography at Portland Community College, Rock Creek. Michael McGovern is also half of the artist collaborative team, OWL CAT INK, with his wife Roxanne McGovern. The duo stared their collaborative explorations in 2010 and continue to work together creating mixed media collages, drawings, paintings and prints.
“ My work is about constructing autobiographical images that explore the ghosts and spirits of my past while preserving memories that seem to fade with each passing year. I compose memorials to intangible memories by visually recording impressions of specific times, places, and events in My work calls upon the repetitive nature of printmaking and photography mixed with the autographic marks of drawing and painting to create a network of reoccurring images that I can meditate on to help search for a truth. I use a lexicon of images that relate to specific events in my history. All my images carry a personal biography, but also carry the weight of their own metaphors helping to furnish an ever-growing complex narrative that melds ambiguity with self-portrayal. “