Amalgams: Heritage Anthology
Artist Statement – Amalgams: Heritage Anthology
by Sunni Mercer
“Amalgams: Heritage Anthology” is a series of sculptures functioning as visual metaphors representing attributes not recognized or expressed through a single graphic image. These figurative sight poems were inspired by the mysterious union between the cultural/environmental, ancestral and faith influences that comprise my “self.”
I have chosen to appropriate esoteric stories, myths and legends from cultures specific to the geographical origins of my ancestral DNA. Each of the stories I have chosen, have notable characters. Some are heroic, others are not, but they all deal with their choices. Many are resourceful regardless of their intentions. Some are fierce protagonists who misuse their power and fall subject to their flaws. Others are reticent to use their strength even in the face of death.
Elements and design patterns used in these works are modeled after wildlife I have observed while living in Oklahoma; symbols of my environment. The design for these works is attributed to regional flora and fauna. In keeping with my signature work, however, I have chosen to use found objects for fabrication. I view found materials as elements of salvaged history, accidental culture. The process of creating with found materials represents redemption to me, a key element of my faith.
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