Merriam Frank

Cut & Paste Artist


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Fall’13(1)

I’m so in love with this piece! I was tempted to leave it hanging on my own wall.

fall'13(1)

Fall’13(1)

It came out exactly like I wanted it to (after many, many rearrangements): warm & rich & completely fall without actually having a single pumpkin or leaf on it!

I die for: that hand on the tree holding up an end of the banner, the gold circled medallions, the Kerouac excerpt (“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved…”), the window with curtains…….. oh all of it, really.

fall'13(1)

Fall’13(1)

I enjoy the process of collaging so much. It’s like a puzzle, only you don’t actually know what it’s supposed to look like in the end and your pieces aren’t pre-cut. I can get lost in my own world for hours as I try to figure out where the pieces want to go to make a beautiful whole. When they don’t fit or work right, you just know, and you can’t force it anymore than you can force mismatched puzzle pieces together. The flip side is that when it DOES finally come together, you know, & it’s such a good feeling.

fall'13(1), framed

Fall’13(1), framed

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P.S. Are you on Instagram? If you are, find & follow me! I finally listened to my sister & signed up: username “merriamfrank” (of course!) I’m absolutely loving it. You’ll get lots of “#behindthescenes” and “#artinprogress” sneak peeks! And cat pictures. But I’ll try to keep a handle on those.

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V612

V612

V612

As is often the case with anything that takes extra effort, this piece has ended up strangely dear to me. It’s actually the first magazine I started cutting (for the “make 5 and open an Etsy shop” project) and tried to start arranging, but it defied me at every attempt to arrange into a cohesive whole. I finally swept all the pieces into a baggie and put it away to marinate. A few successful pieces later, I went back to it! Again it wasn’t easy, but this time I was able to find something to pull out.

V612

V612

I can’t really explain this one. It’s more full of edges than I usually allow and it doesn’t invoke a specific mood or even have an obvious color scheme, but it still just pleases me to look at it. At the end of the day, that’s my ultimate goal. Do I like to look at it? Yes? Well alright then. Maybe someone else will, too!

V612

V612, framed

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V512

I was excited about this one as soon as I began to get a sense of where it was going! It turned out just oozing a darkly romantic kind of glamour that says roaring 20s to me.

V512

V512

It has that sense of urgency to hurry up & be young and daring before everything fades. …it’s never too late.

V512

V512

V512, framed

V512, framed

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V212

V212

V212

Introducing V212… or as I’ll forever think of it, my first piece. I never know where I’ll end up when I begin arranging, but usually the first thing to emerge is a color scheme. I find it amazing that I never set out to focus on certain colors, but it always turns out that way! This one is a cool pink & blue… not like cotton candy, more like the beginnings of a reserved sunrise. Nothing fiery, just a quiet, slow muted blue with a soft, rosy flush. I find it very serene. While I always love every detail of each piece (because I’ve fought with each tiny part until it looks right!), there’s always a few things that stick out to me above the rest. On this one, it’s the graceful, handsome, smooth lines of the dog and the way the bike rider flows right up out of him. I’m also very fond of the adorable kitty cat with the spectacular view of the birds in the sky.

V212_b

V212

V212_c

V212, framed

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