Constance Merriman is an artist and educator. She creates art works that are made in response to formal issues of art, and, more recently, to the social and environmental impact caused by the world wide extraction of fuel for energy. Merriman uses a wide variety of media to create works that have been exhibited in galleries, museums and in public settings.
Merriman has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Seton Hill University, and Carlow University. She engages in residencies with communities and schools through the Mattress Factory Museum and The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She is a collaborator in the Hays Woods Project at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU. Her work is represented in Pittsburgh at the Gallery in the Square
I have always wanted a tree house. When I was young, I spent a lot of time in the top of a cherry tree that grew in a woods 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.
media- Dawn Redwood, paper, string, wood, light
Mattress Factory Museum, 2010
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