Merritt Johnson


Merritt Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist; working in sculpture, performance, video and painting. Her work explores survival of land and culture; the impact of violence, limited resources and perception. Using cross culturally significant materials and processes to assert the strength of persistence and endurance, as opposed to violence. She relies on camouflage, layering, and complication of perception to create work invested in stretching what we see and understand. Her work opposes North American popular culture’s vision of land as a future post-apocalyptic zombie fantasy set, in favor of promoting land and our non-human relatives as survivors in the present moment of conflict and consumption. She exhibits, speaks, and performs in traditional and non-traditional venues across Turtle Island. Her work is included in public and private collections, and has been published in Antennae The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, and Salish Seas (Talon Books). Based in New York, of mixed Mohawk, Blackfoot and non-Indigenous descent, Johnson was born and raised in the Northeast. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art.

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