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Connie Merriman

Tree House

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Curated By Katherine Talcott

Artist Statement

I have always wanted a tree house. When I was young, I spent a lot of time on the top of a cherry tree that grew in a wood adjacent to my home. You could be quiet in the branches and watch animals walking the paths below. I thought it would be good to have a shelter for myself in the tree so that I could be more safe and comfortable. Now I think of a tree house in another way. In a gesture to address the issues of stewardship, this fragile house is made to shelter a tree, and the natural world it represents, from humanity’s built environment. It is a house for a tree.

When

2010

About The Artist

Constance Merriman creates work that combines traditional mark-making and constructions with time-based media and documentation systems to form installations that explore the relationships of the environment, natural resources, and economic and political power. Merriman’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and in public settings. She is currently involved in the Community Forest Project, an investigation into the role and value of green space within the urban environment.

Curated By Katherine Talcott

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