Meris Drew

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Meris Drew was born and raised in southeast Florida and holds an MFA in Painting from Indiana University. Her work is an inquiry into how the earth appears, the potential that lies within it, what it means and what we will make of it. The paintings, like the swampy Floridian landscape where she grew up, are places where volatile organic systems intersect, and are full of science, storytelling and magical thinking. Through nested cycles of painting and unpainting, each canvas is a reenactment of the structures of nature flourishing and decaying from micro- to macrocosm. Drew’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Racecar Factory in Indianapolis, IN. Group exhibitions include those at John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, IN; Schwitzer Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX; University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC; and, Betty Isermann Gallery, Sarasota, FL. She was a 2022 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship nominee and she has completed residencies at Salem, IN through the IU Center for Rural Engagement; and, through the Bloomington Arts Council in Bloomington, IN. Her work was recently published in Warm Milk #3 and Saw Palm #15. The artist is currently based in Pittsburgh, PA.

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