Home from Home
Irish artists respond to COVID 19 restrictions

Julie Merriman

Artist Response

Much time is spent putting thoughts and ideas into coherent language; my work is a continuation and a disruption of this process.  Currently I am exploring the book as a democratic space of exhibition, a way to disseminate, promote and distribute artwork, using the now obsolete Gestetner, an analogue duplicator C.1890 - 1970 that produces mimeograph copy. 

Cut and paste I and II were begun during the printing of my first book Housing Area 2019, part of my submission for Home: Being and Belonging in Contemporary Ireland.  Negative images of the original copy, I placed them in a drawer; Home from Home prompted me to take them out.  Now, anxiety is temporarily mitigated through focusing on the repetitive task of cut and paste cut and paste, adding a further layer of information to these images.

About the Artist

Julie Merriman is a Dublin-based artist whose work examines the history of mark making in the context of drawn, written and programmed language.   Using present-day and historical data as research material, she investigate modes of inscription, replication and transmission.

Her artwork been featured in exhibitions at DLR Lexicon Gallery, Dublin; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; EVA International 2018, Limerick City Gallery; Tulca Festival of Visual Art, Galway; and Luan Gallery, Athlone. She is the recipient of the Grangegorman Public Art Commission; DLR Lexicon Municipal Gallery Visual Arts Commission Award 2018; and Fort Camden Commission from Cork County Council.