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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

James-David Mericle



Born in Columbus, Ohio. 

BFA – The Ohio State University 2007

MFA – California College of the Arts 2010

Artist Statement

My world was in a constant state of dismantlement.  My father’s ambitions, once thought of as creative in nature, slowly became an ever-growing decay of our personal environment.  This creative ambition slowly devolved into an accumulation of unfinished home improvement projects, resulting in holes in the walls, roof leaks, and floorboards removed and not replaced, and many other unsightly remains.As a result of living like this in my home for most of my upbringing, I developed an appreciation for rare materials such as building supplies.  During this time I became my father’s apprentice and gained an understanding of the principles of carpentry.  Using my personal experiences with nostalgic materials, I opened up a discourse about dynamic relationships between father and son, space, and personal belongings.


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