Merchant's work looks at the idea of imagined monuments as temples and what that might constitute. In these images, she has used disparate parts of often overlooked urban architecture to create a composite of temple-like structures. These structures often appear untenable, fragile, fragmented, and on the verge of collapse. They are a way of noting beauty in the ruinous, the derelict and the abandoned. On a political level, it is an attempt to record the industrial wastelands that occur when modernist architecture enters postmodern economics.
Merchant shows her work on a regular basis with Spike Print Studio, Brook Gallery and Smithson Gallery. This year her print Night - VI was shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition with the edition of 40 selling out within a week.
Paper size: 76 x 112cm Somerset Satin 300grms