This Place
12 March 2015
This Place, 23 x 30 inches, archival pigment print, 2015

This Place, 23 x 30 inches, pigment print

 

Leaves

Leaves, 43 x 43 inches, pigment print

 

Familiar elements such as the lawn, manicured and manipulated plants, new buildings mimicking other eras and locations, often reveal a culture of perpetual longing. Elements of our constructed environments simulate, or reference other places and histories acting as evidence of desire. I often mix together real and fake in my work to create images of places and objects that challenge our expectations or reveal the simulacrum in our environments.

My process begins by making thousands of individual photographs while exploring a city or neighborhood. In the studio, I digitally assemble these sources to create photographs and videos of imaginary spaces. Some of the images have some veracity, but more often they suggest a visual hyperbole – an embellished scene circulating around a small detail or object that fascinated me. These composite images function as a metaphor to the ways in which desire and control is physically constructed in the landscape.

The source images for this This Place where shot in locations in the United States and Europe. By combining sources from a wide range of locations, there is no one regional architecture or landscaping that surfaces, rather the photographs echo a placeless location. The photographs of urban space are juxtaposed with images of digitally constructed scenes of foliage and still lifes. These juxtapositions play off one another both formally and conceptually.

© 2017 Leigh Merrill, All Rights Reserved

 

Umbrella, 25 x 33 inches, archival pigment print, 2015

Umbrella, 25 x 33 inches, pigment print

 

23 x 24 inches, archival pigment print, 2015

Pink from Pink, White, Blue, 23 x 85 inches, 3 panel piece, pigment prints

 

White, 23 x 33 inches, archival pigment print, 2015

White from Pink, White, Blue, 23 x 85 inches, 3 panel piece, pigment prints

 

23 x 28 inches, archival pigment print, 2015

Blue from Pink, White, Blue, 23 x 85 inches, 3 panel piece, pigment prints

 

Feathers, 25 x 28 inches, archival pigment print, 2015

Feathers, 25 x 28 inches, pigment print

 

 

Garden, 43 x 43 inches, archival pigment print, 2015

Garden, 43 x 43 inches, pigment print

Pink Corner

Pink Corner, 20 x22 inches, pigment print

 

Tea Cup, 25 x 25 inches, archival pigment print, 2015

Tea Cup, 25 x 25 inches, pigment print

 

Statue, 20 x 22 inches, archival pigment print, 2016

Statue, 20 x 22 inches, pigment print

Can't Get Number Nine, 25 x 28 inches, pigment print

Can’t Get Number Nine, 25 x 28 inches, pigment print

 

Lawn, 43 x 43 inches, archival pigment print, 2016

Lawn, 43 x 43 inches, pigment print

 

Construction Balloons, 25 x 28 inches, archival pigment print, 2015

Construction Balloons, 25 x 28 inches, archival pigment print