INTERVIEW: Heather Merckle Talks About Her Work Featured In The Sciart Center Exhibition "The New Unconscious"
By Danielle Kalamaras
Heather Merckle's work is featured in the virtual exhibition The New Unconscious currently on view on SciArt Center's website. The artist states about her ongoing mixed-media series But they will not possess you, so much as you will come to possess them, "I am documenting the deflation process of helium filled balloons, using them as metaphors for relationships and the ideas that surround them: reality and appearance, unity and plurality, attachment and detachment; exploring my own sense of loss and fulfillment, and the balloons overall connection to the human form."
The artist took the time to speak to me about her work and what the 'new unconscious' means to her as an artist:
Danielle Kalamaras: How do you define the "New Unconscious"?
Heather Merckle: The new unconscious is a conscious exploration of moments, memories, emotions and behaviors that live within our mind and actively play an important role in how we make decisions, feel, deal with loss, and our relationships to each other.
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What part does this unconscious play in your work?
In my ongoing series, “But they will not possess you, so much as you will come to possess them” I am documenting the deflation process of helium filled balloons, using them as metaphors for relationships and the ideas that surround them...Observing the balloon as it cycles through a life of growth, deflation and decay, I capture, record and associate its connection to mortality and humanity. Making highly detailed graphite drawings and mixed media collages incorporating charcoal, liquid graphite and paper cut outs I am examining differences in shape, texture and weight, capturing the balloon’s impermanence, it’s metaphorical associations for the emotional and physical transformation of people and their relationship to each other.
How does the unconscious affect your everyday perception and behavior?
The unconscious is always awake, reminding me to constantly observe and absorb, to miss-remember while remaining wonderfully volatile.
What does "SciArt" mean to you?
“SciArt” is an energy field of neurologic, biologic, theoretical, philosophical abstract explorations of colors, shapes, geometry, vacant spaces, metaphors and nature.
Heather Merckle's work is featured in the virtual exhibition The New Unconscious curated by Danielle Kalamaras. This exhibition features the work of 30 SciArt Center members. Click here to see all the featured artwork and to learn more about each artist.
The New Unconscious pop-up exhibition will be held October 2-4 with an opening on Friday, October 2 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Live music and refreshments will be served.
The New Unconscious
The SciArt Center at Creations Gallery
89 Ave. C
New York, NY 10009