Craig Merriman came into Ruckus Art Gallery because his daughter acts in the theater group above the gallery. Upon meeting Merriman we were struck with his unique technique and stunning glass photographs. He told us that he had been accepted into the Corning Glass Museum Review in which only about 80 out of 2,000 + applicants get accepted. He approached us warily as he had never even showed any art in a gallery but he was eager to get going and start producing more pieces and our enthusiasm was just the motivation. Three months later and 9 pieces later he has his provocative pieces hanging on the walls of Ruckus Art Gallery.
I mainly work with photography. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, I absorb the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
A single Father to two young kids and a retired air traffic controller Merriman has been thrilled to break out of his uber world of Dadding, and into the art world and time spent in his closet size studio. He has many people to be grateful for along the way for supporting and teaching him. Firstly, Bellingham Maker Space for the use of their 3D scanner and printer in which he developed the molds he uses for his glass pieces. Secondly, the Romans for their development of the technique of using a mold to form glass in the first place, although this is still a controversial topic within the art history world, for it could be that they only etched into glass. And finally, his Mother who is an artist herself and has helped watch his kids so he can get work done.
Explaining Merriman’s unique technical process for his art may be difficult to explain however with time, we hope that soon Merriman will be a known artist in the glass and photograph world and his technical savy will be known and admired by many. These truly are one of a kind, beautiful and creative pieces of art.