Putting Down Roots
This is a visual representation of my personal journey with zero-waste.
The motif of a tree with exposed roots is symbolic of the emotional state of the planet and how we, the human race are affecting the environment. Within the roots is nature’s seed which represents hope for a rebirth of life. A feminine depiction of a desire to see our world thrive and grow, I have exposed the roots to reveal the hidden strength of a world that needs our help, yet is also stronger than we realise. Nature has the power to adapt to change and most importantly survive.
I have tried to consider the welfare of our planet while creating this body of work. I have not purchased any new supplies and instead, used what was already available to me, or found second hand at charity shops and recycle stores. I have printed on old linoleum floor tiles, used teabags to create texture, printed up the last of my inks as monoprints which I then use in mixed Media pieces as well as hand embellishing print to make them each 100% unique. With a little adjustment and a bit of extra time it is surprising what you can create with zero-waste in mind.
Hannah Merrill was born in Connecticut, USA. She earned her BFA in painting from Manhattanville College, New York in 2009. Afterwards she attended the Aegean Centre for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. While she usually works in watercolour, this project has taken her out of her comfort zone. Hannah has made use of second life materials and has explored the use of oil painting as well as printmaking and collage.
Hannah spent 5 years travelling around the world after completing her studies. Some of the most important and inspiring places she has spent time in are India, America, Britain, New Zealand, Italy and Greece. While her travels have been a huge inspiration for her past work, this project ‘Putting Down Roots’ is an expression of Hannah’s desire to settle. After living in Leeds for the last 4 years Hannah has grown to love feeling rooted in a single place. Hannah has put down roots in Leeds, loves being a part of its artistic community and lives here with her husband and Labrador.