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Meri Bourgard
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: Color often escapes boundaries and freely flows through the images. I take advantage of spontaneous effects and frequently mix media in non-traditional ways. Emerging images come and go until the composition is resolved. I begin the search for found images without a preconception of subject. There is a sense of anxiety and mystery in not knowing what the image will be until it reveals itself; I have trust that images will appear. Alternating between abstract mark-making and a focused search for content, I intuitively erase and draw or paint a dense web of strokes. This spatial scaffolding ultimately suggests recognizable form. In the completed work, a gradual disclosure of image is revealed on successively deeper levels. The dynamic between figures is explored as though captured in a glimpse of memory or dream. Figures caught in performing everyday tasks express timeless aspects of the human experience.
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Meri Bourgard's drawings and paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in the United States and in Europe, including the First Street Gallery, St. John's University, and the Schafler Gallery of Pratt Institute in New York City; the Fleming Museum in Burlington, Vermont; the Brattleboro Museum in Vermont; the Discovery Museum in Essex Junction, Vermont; the University of Vermont's Francis Colburn Gallery in Burlington; the Marion Stevens Gallery in Key West, Florida; Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; Akademie der Bildenden Kunst in Vienna, Austria; and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. In addition, her work is in public, corporate, and private collections, including those of First Albany Corporation, GiroCredit and Clausen Miller P.C., in New York City; Champlain College, and Howard Bank in Burlington, Vermont.

Meri received a BA from Hunter College and a MFA from Pratt Institute where
she is currently an adjunct professor.
 








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