Into the Sunset
2 March 2015
Merrill_TheThingsWeMakeMakeUs

The Things We Make, Make Us, 25 x 35 inches, pigment print

 

Merrill_CentroJoyerot

Centro Joyero, 25 x 45 inches, pigment print

Ranging from urban to rural scenes, these images remind us that the personal and cultural mythologies of the American West — and maybe especially Texas — have long been romanticized and shaped by images, including movies as well as photographs.

While exploring a city or neighborhood, I create thousands of individual photographs and then digitally manipulate, assemble and re-assemble these photographs to create new images. Each image is typically made from tens to hundreds of bits and pieces of different photographs. Some of the images depict completely imaginary places. Some act more like visual hyperbole — a legend or tall tale — where I have recreated and embellished a scene I actually saw.

Places Journal: North Texas Strip

In the In-Between: Picturing the West

© 2016 Leigh Merrill, All Rights Reserved

Installation View, Manifest Destiny at the Tremaine Gallery at the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT, 2013

 

Merrill_TexasPaintWallpaper

Texas Paint and Wallpaper, 23 x 40 inches, pigment print

 

Merrill_Jacks

Jack’s $1, 20 x 40 inches, pigment print

 

Merrill_SundanceSquare

Sundance Square, 25 x 40 inches, pigment print

 

Merrill_TheDragon

The Dragon, 20 x 35 inches, pigment print

 

Merrill_NaughyorNice

Naughty or Nice, 20 x 40 inches, pigment print

Merrill_Lawndale_exhibit2

Installation view of Into the Sunset at the Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, 2011