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We are excited to debut a new series on the blog called ONE PIECE.

We know that connecting to artwork is important, and one way of doing that is having a bit more context and background. To that end, we are asking artists from each exhibit to share a little more about one piece on view at the gallery.

First up is Mary Merkel-Hess and her piece IN CHEPHREN'S TEMPLE.

In Chephren's Temple, Paper, reed, acrylic paint, 31 x 18 x 18 inches

"In Chephren's Temple" was inspired by a visit to the Great Pyramids in Egypt a few years ago. It wasn't the pyramids that caught me so much that day or the Sphinx which is nearby but a small temple near the Sphinx.

Photo taken at the site

This small temple was a staging area for the rituals that went on at the site. I was so taken by the simplicity of the place and the columns which receded so beautifully that I asked my husband to take a photo of me with the columns. Those columns suggested a possible plan for one of my paper sculptures.

Mary's drawing for the piece

When I got home I did a drawing of large pieces receding into the background just as those columns had. Yes, that's me in the photo and the drawing. In my dreams my work is monumental! Later I made three sections of this imagined piece but the original conception was for several more.  

The work installed at Olson-Larsen 

05/14/2015 1:52 PM |Add a comment |Comments (1)
So great to see the original inspiration for your lovely work.

Jean Hogan | 05/14/2015 8:20 PM
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