Borgeson Artist in Residence 2020–2021
De Pree Gallery, Hope College, Holland, Michigan
August 27–September 24, 2021
Merriman is a sculpture, ceramic and installation artist who uses clay for its geologic properties. Building work from native resources tied to geographic borders and collective history, she uses materials, industry and sites as community points of connection. In Appalachia, she harvested Acid Mine Drainage yellow iron and used Logan Sewer Pipe’s clay to create work for Material Histories, Cultures of Resistance. Her recent exhibition in China came out of local clay, glazes and obsolete refractory brick. Merriman works in off-spaces and with industrial remnants due to her interest in so-called leftovers, evolving resources and discarded places. Landscapes and bodily topographies contextualize and record experiences that erode, slip and shift.
Currently, Merriman is pursuing work about extraction and re-routing. Her research interests include Lake Michigan’s basin resources and Holland’s underground pipes that divert 762 gallons per minute of coal station by-product.
Merriman earned her MFA from The Ohio State University and BFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Before accepting a teaching position in 2020 at Albion College, she taught at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, the University of Connecticut and Connecticut College. Merriman has participated in residencies in Germany, at Lanzhou City University in Gansu, China, Belden Brick Factory and Ohio University. She has exhibited in China and throughout Germany and the U.S.
De Pree Art Center275 Columbia AvenueRoom 138Holland, MI 49423