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Morag Thomson Merriman

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Scottish contemporary artist.
Instagram: @moragthomsonmerriman_artist.

I came across a quote by American artist Joan Mitchell which very much resonates with me:

“My paintings are titled after they are finished. I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me - and remembered feelings of them, which of course become transformed. I could certainly never mirror nature. I would more like to paint what it leaves with me.”

I too carry treasured landscapes around with me, some I have held for many years. Wherever I go, I spend a lot of time just looking and absorbing, mentally noting the feelings and senses evoked within.

What I experience will often trigger memories which might or might not be connected to that particular location, but these then becomes embedded in the landscape, adding another layer to those already bound, physically and emotionally. It is that sense of accumulative layering that fascinates me, which comes with ever evolving connections to cherished, familiar landscapes.

Back in the studio, I tear up old larger-scale work on paper to rework and manipulate to create new layered landscape pieces from memory to reinforce sense of place and concept of physical and emotional layering from the past and present. The use of mixed media enables me to create textured surfaces that can spread over and round the edges of the thickened paper.

I also do quick mixed media figure sketches to express state of mind. These figures, based on emotional memories, or a present need to unload, turn out to be melancholic,
MA (Hons) Fine Art, Edinburgh University & Edinburgh College of Art.