Michael Merry

The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.
- William Faulkner

Experience continually builds, changes, and folds in on itself. In the South, knowledge of the past is knowledge of oneself. Minor events develop major importance. Meanings that were murky in the present may solidify or may become obscure with the passage of time.

How does one create images that relate these experiences?

It’s tempting to think of pictures as being as clearly definable as words. They often come with an epistemic feeling that the world is the way the image shows it to us. However, creating representational images involves a series of translations. The most honest efforts include subjective interpretation, learned priorities, aesthetic concerns, and employing a variety of tricks-of-the-eye in order to create an image the image.

I'm interested in working between these two ideas.