‘Ancestral Home’ is a collection of modern artefacts that draw on myths, history and rituals. Each piece can be seen as a totem and invites the viewer to stitch together their own narrative, drawing on collective memories and signifiers to generate meanings.
The body of work presented in ‘Ancestral Home’ invites the viewer to connect with an archetypal part of themselves and by extension tap into our collective roots. In doing so, Merchant’s work explores how objects can be markers of identity and how these may be reworked in contemporary contexts as meanings and interpretations change.
Nature plays a pivotal role in the artists’ works and is emphasised by the use of organic shapes and non saturated colours. The paintings are made using a combination of watercolour and collage elements, drawing on 17th century botanical drawings and folk art, to create a body of work that is visually linked to our collective pasts.+info