Artist: Olga Merrill
is an award-winning Maine (USA) based visual artist primarily using the medium of photography. She uses photography as a tool-like an instrument to make music or a brush for painting-to create an image of her vision, with a dreamy and indirect relationship to external reality. Some images are essentially representative photography of the world around her that nevertheless dissolve into the wonder of abstract patterns, while others are complex manipulations of the ordinary visual world that use intentional camera movement, multiple exposures, and well planned color palettes to reflect her vision, dreams and feelings. Merrill's work has been part of group shows and festivals nationally and internationally, including NYC Center of Photography (USA), Davis Orton Gallery (USA), Foto-Foto Gallery (USA), Griffin Museum of Photography (USA), Praxis Gallery (USA), PH21 Gallery (Hungary), Malta Postal Museum (Malta), Fondazione de Matalon (Italy), Rockport Art Association & Museum (USA), Blank Wall Gallery (Greece), online shows at Center for Photographic Arts (USA), Center for Fine Art Photography (USA), among others. Merrill was the 1st Place Winner, International Juried exhibit "Black and White 2020", NYC4PA; 1st place winner, 15th Annual National Photography Competition at Foto-Foto Gallery, 2019; Silver Award at San Francisco Bay International Photography Competition, 2019; Juror's Choice Award at International Exhibitions, Praxis Gallery, 2018. She was featured in l'Oeil de la Photographie, Dodho and YourdDailyPhotograph, Edge of Humanity, Shadow and Light magazine, Fine Art Photo (N29) among others. Edition:
Open Edition, Archival pigment print on Canson Infinity Photographique Rag Paper (310 gsm)Image Size:
20”x 25" on 22”x 27” paper size.Statement:
"Into Mystery" is one of my works from my ongoing series where I photograph people in museums.The emotion of people, conversation between people and artworks, their impression inside of the museum's walls take my attention. What is going on in their mind, what they learn and if an artwork moved them. I feel it's important now for people to be surrounded by pieces of art, the artworks that keep them thinking, acting toward making their own life meaningful and provide the positive energy for the next generation.