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Janice Merendino

Resident Artist - Past

Residence Time: 1974-1985

My work expresses my belief that we only see glimpses of what is going on around us and rarely have a full understanding of any situation or feeling. For me, this fragmented view is best expressed through layers and sections. The vertical format allows me to suggest these multiple and simultaneous perspectives in different areas of one piece. 

I like the tension between the tight control and hard edges of cut paper against the loose and open flow of the ink. This contrast satisfies my personal need for quiet containment, while allowing for surprise, risk, and freedom.

I first traveled to Japan as a college student to study ceramics and in 1982 had a solo exhibition of my ceramic work and ink paintings in Tokyo. Since then I’ve returned to Japan multiple times to study calligraphy and learn the traditional "urauchi" scroll mounting techniques that I use in my work.

I’m not sure what I personally would have done without TCS. I had lots of ideas after coming back from Japan, but didn't know how and where I’d do it. For many young artists, encouragement and informal critiques are hard to come by once you leave art college. But the support I got at TCS allowed me to explore the techniques I learned during my japan trip and produce work that led to the solo exhibition in Japan.

watch video of Janice's art practice