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 at Canberra Contemporary Art Space 2016. Found materials, balsa, jewellery findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie, courtesy Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

Dierdre Pearce, Merz work (2015-). Installation and performance documentation at Canberra Contemporary Art Space 2016. Found materials, balsa, jewellery findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie, courtesy Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

Dierdre Pearce, Merz work (2015-). Installation and performance documentation at Canberra Contemporary Art Space 2016. Found materials, balsa, jewellery findings, digital photographs, screen. Image Brenton McGeachie, courtesy Canberra Contemporary Art Space.