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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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  • Workers, XIII
    2007
    pastel + charcoal on paper
    Two men working, deep red, ochre, gray

  • Family, VI
    2003
    pastel + charcoal with wash on paper
    Young boy, mother and baby, acqua, violet brushstrokes

  • Dream, V
    1995
    mixed media on panel
    Three women, interior space, oranges, black

  • Workers, X
    2006
    pastel + charcoal on paper
    Women working with cloth

  • Survivors, IV
    2011
    pastel + charcoal with wash on paper
    Family group escaping undefined threat, red, ochre, black

  • Passenger, I
    1996
    mixed media on panel
    Woman with bag against glaring light

  • Sisters, I
    2011
    graphite on paper
    10 1/2" x 12 1/2"

  • Market, II
    2011
    paste + wash on panel
    Women in reddish atmosphere, green, yellow

  • Women, VIII
    2003
    pastel + charcoal with wash on paper
    Three women in baths, steam, brown and grays

  • Encounter, II
    2004
    pastel + charcoal with wash on paper
    Two men swimming, floating with hand raised, aqua, grays and black

  • Survivors, VI
    2012
    pastel + charcoal with wash on paper
    Women, transparent whirling, gritty drips, brown, grays

  • Encounter, I
    2002
    pastel + charcoal with wash on paper
    Swimming man and child, black, brown, ochre

  • Survivors, III
    2010
    pastel + charcoal with wash on paper
    People escaping huge waves

  • Bathers, II
    2011
    pastel + charcoal with wash on paper
    Two nudes, transparent veils of color, gray and pink

  • Running, I
    2008
    pastel + acrylic on paper
    Men and women running, orange, green, grays

  • Gathering, I
    2009
    pastel + graphite on spackled panel
    old man with family
 








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