Meet JENNIFER Renée Caden MERDJAN
Working with recycled materials is a prominent method in my work. I’ve utilized remnants of old furniture, windows, shoes, toys, and common everyday items that one might discard to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork. Working with these materials emphasizes the passage of time (past, present and future) another prevalent narrative in my artwork.
I love stories, especially visual narratives–writing and illustrating children’s books, collaborating with other artist and poets to make artist books. My first book If Shoes Could Talk combines my interest in Artist Books and Recycled Art. If Shoes Could Talk contains colorful pages which place inspiring messages next to my shoe sculptures. In these works, ordinary shoes and odd objects are recycled, repurposed and transformed into faces, animals and sculptures. Like much of my artwork and teachings, this book attempts to help others; through it’s message, and also by joining forces and collaborating with non-profit agencies for fundraising, donations and interactive exhibits.
There are various artistic influences through history that inspire both my two dimensional art and design work. These include movements such as the Vienna Secession, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Impressionism, Pop Art and Bauhaus; and artist such as Alphonse Mucha, Eugene Grasset, Gustav Klimt, Alice Neel, Monet, Van Gogh, and David Hockney.
Connected to these movements and my love for design, I enjoy typography–exploring the space between and around the letters, and how fonts and symbols can visually speak.
Space in three dimensional works have been inspired by sculptures by Picasso, Brancusi, Giacometti, Giambologna, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Claes Oldenburg and architects Antoni Gaudi, Frank Llyod Wright, Frank Ghery and Calatrava.
It’s good to find beauty and inspiration in a vast array of works from different time periods and make connections where others might disassociations.