Michael Merry

Wittgenstein wrote about the temptation 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, we also images via the values and meanings of a learned culture.

I'm interested in working between these two ideas in my latest body of work. As I remake these photographs in graphite I focus on details in an effort to be faithful to the original. At the same time I am working according to a self imposed rule that makes literal reproduction impossible.

Between the Pseudo-objectivity of the photograph and my subjective choices in the making the work becomes a reflexive study of both myself and the culture I grew up in.