Merz work

I’m fascinated by the impulse to accumulate – materials, social connections, information, public recognition and other collections. What separates supposedly healthy behaviour and obsession?  Merz work (2015- ) is an ongoing installation of brooches or badges, the surface area of which increases in the order of the Fibonacci series, from a single element to one the size of a shield. The title refers both to Italian artist Mario Merz, particularly his work ‘Untitled (A Real Sum is a Sum of People)’, 1972, and to Kurt Schwitters, whose Merzbau installation grew to engulf the rooms of his family home in Hanover (19223-1937). The works, constructed from second hand Cuisenaire rods, are accompanied by a rotating series of performance photographs in which I’m wearing the badges. More are added to the series as I discover a new source of the rods.

Dierdre Pearce, Merz work (2015-). Installation and performance documentation. Found materials, balsa, jewellery findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie.

Dierdre Pearce, Merz work (2015-). Installation and performance documentation. Found materials, balsa, jewellry findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie.

Dierdre Pearce, Merz work (2015-). Installation and performance documentation. Found materials, balsa, jewellery findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie.

Dierdre Pearce, Merz work (2015-). Installation and performance documentation. Found materials, balsa, jewellry findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie, courtesy Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

Dierdre Pearce, Merz work (2015-). Installation and performance documentation. Found materials, balsa, jewellery findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie.

Dierdre Pearce, Merz work (2015-). Installation and performance documentation. Found materials, balsa, jewellry findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie.

 

Dierdre Pearce, Merz work (2015-). Installation and performance documentation. Found materials, balsa, jewellery findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie.

Dierdre Pearce, Merz work (2015-). Installation and performance documentation. Found materials, balsa, jewellry findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie.