Fence
2 March 2015
Merrill_CityBlock2

City Block, 12 x 10 x 48 inches, wood, acrylic, and cement

 

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Installation view (detail), Fence City, 8 x 8 feet, wood, acrylic, cement, and sand

 

The Fence project includes both objects and photographs that play on ideas of privacy, ownership, and safety. Through the miniature objects, I am able to reference the way models allow us to view our world with control, simplicity and perfection. This scale allows an understanding of place that is part fantasy, projection, and reality combined. Both the sculpture and photographs call into question the protective and visual functions of the fence and depict scenes that teeter between new urban construction and ruin.

The installation piece includes photographs, site-specific miniature fences and vinyl wallpapering. As a physical barrier, the picket fence has a more symbolic function than a utilitarian one. Likewise, the functions of wallpaper are also symbolic, defining interior space and giving clues to the owner’s class and ideas of beauty. In this exhibit the walls are covered in free-form vinyl wallpaper creating tension in the conspicuous nature of the wallpaper as it fades in and out of the walls – barely hinting at the repetition and pattern that wallpaper normally embodies.

Positioned in the same space, the wallpaper photographs and miniature fences play off of the similarities in their functions as well as echo issues of class, desire and borders.

© 2017 Leigh Merrill, All Rights Reserved

Installation view of exhibition at Eye Lounge Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2007. Site-specific sculptural installation with photographs.

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Installation view of exhibition at Eye Lounge Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2007. Site-specific sculptural installation with photographs.

Merrill_FenceDetailWHTborderL

Installation view of exhibition at Eye Lounge Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 2007. Site-specific sculptural installation with photographs.

Merrill_Fence_1

Fence 1, 32 x 40 inches, pigment print

Merrill_CityView4

City View 4, 32 x 40 inches, pigment print

Merrill_CityView3a

City View 2, 32 x 40 inches, pigment print

Merrill_CityView3

City View 3, 32 x 40 inches, pigment print