Occupy Space is pleased to present Measured Fall, a solo exhibition by artist Julie Merriman.
In this exhibition Merriman explores her interest in naval architecture and engineering through the medium of drawing. As a new body of work Measured Fall is a direct continuation of previous research and drawing explorations which explored harbour architecture and its relationship with the shifting motion of the sea. At times the surface detail and delicacy of Merriman’s drawings could belie the range of complex issues being addressed including the history of Irish harbours, ports and piers and their social, political and psychological links to emigration.
In discussing the starting point for Measured Fall Merriman recalls:
‘While watching the demolition of St. Michael’s Estate, Inchicore in 2004 (Building to be Demolished, drawing series 2002-2006), I photographed a small picture still attached to a section of interior wall; it was an image of a ship in full sail. I photographed the sequence of the picture falling from the tenth floor and this formed the beginnings of an idea that lead to an investigations into what might happen to a ship as it sinks, as it goes beneath the surface of the water. In 2009, as part of Carlisle Pier Project (2006-2010) I became interested in the area of naval architecture and engineering. The drawings in Measured Fall, for the most part, derive from these two sources.’
On Thursday 11th November at 12:45 artist Julie Merriman will be in conversation with curator Annette Moloney. This event will aim to discuss Measured Fall as a new body of work; the artist’s concentration on drawing in her practice; her broader research interests and previous projects including her long-term residency with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council which resulted in the Carlisle Pier Project (2006-2010).
Julie Merriman lives and works in Dublin. She studied Fine Art in Falmouth School of Art and recently completed an MA in Visual Arts Practices at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology. She has exhibited in Ireland and England, including solo shows at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire (2008) and West Cork Arts Centre (2006). Group shows include Inscape, Galway Arts Centre (2010); Public Gesture, The LAB (2009); 178th Exhibition RHA, and 127th Exhibition, RUA (2008); Let'go, Monster Truck (2008); As Built - Drawings, Wicklow County Council (2008); Eigse, Carlow (2008/ 2006); Eurojet Futures, The Anthology (2005) and Eurojet Futures RHA (2004); and EV+A, Limerick (winning an Open Award in (2003).