More of Kimberly Merrill’s haunting still life paintings can be seen at Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. She will exhibit next in Schlesinger’s November 2009 ‘Toy Show’.
Using objects in a non-literal way creates a ‘visual poetry’. To do this, I chose to work intuitively. For the most part, objects are chosen because I have a visceral response to them when I see them. I don’t always know what the metaphor is or what it means to me at that moment, but I trust my initial response and start working with the object.
Other times, I know exactly what the imagery is about the instant I see it. My hope is that whatever the symbolism of the object is, if it has a deep resonance for me, it is, in essence, universal in theme and will resonate with others as well.