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Heather Merckle

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In an ongoing series, Swollen with Use, Shriveled with Neglect, I am documenting the deflation process of helium filled balloons. Observing the balloon as it cycles through a life of growth, deflation and decay, I capture, record and associate its connection to mortality and humanity. In these graphite drawings I am examining relationships- then and now, attachment and explosion; exploring my own sense of loss and fulfillment, and the balloons overall connection to the human form. Examining differences in shape, texture and weight I can capture the balloon’s impermanence, it’s metaphorical associations for the emotional and physical transformation of people and their relationship to each other.