Color often escapes boundaries and freely flows through the images. I take advantage of the spontaneous effects and frequently mix media in non-traditional ways. Emerging images come and go until the composition is resolved.
I begin the search for found images without a preconception of subject. There is a sense of anxiety and mystery in not knowing what the image will be until it reveals itself; I have trust that images will appear. Alternating between abstract mark-making and a focused search for content, I intuitively erase and draw or paint a dense web of strokes. This spatial scaffolding ultimately suggests recognizable form.
In the completed work, a gradual disclosure of image is revealed on successively deeper levels. The dynamic between figures is explored as though captured in a glimpse of memory or dream. Figures caught in performing everyday tasks express timeless aspects of the human experience.
2013 CSS Awards' Nomination
Our website has been nominated! CSS Awards select the best websites developed with CSS from around the world. The awards are given to only the best designers, agencies, and bloggers in the online community. CSS Awards are not given out lightly, so we are truly honored. Visit the following link to vote for us:
Brooklyn Museum's "Go" Open Studios
A new interview by Linda C. Smith
Brooklyn Museum's "Go" Open Studios
On September 8 & 9, 2012, more than 1,700 artists across Brooklyn opened their studio doors to the public during the Brooklyn Museum GO Open Studio. The event was very exciting and Meri received 80 visitors, many newcomers, with whom she had the pleasure to meet and share her art.
From the Open Studios' guestbook:
"Was speechless. Thanks for opening up your home, explaining your process and for a deeper understanding of your work." - Justin M. Wil
"Hands down the most moving work... literally and figuratively! Thanks for sharing. Best of luck." - Kathlyn Wilson
"Beautiful work, definitely my favorite of the bunch. Love the gestural marks in black and white and in color. The longer you look at them, the more you see. It also helps to look away then look back and you see more and more figures in the drawings/ paintings. I also loved her explanations of the work and process. She really deserves a show in BK museum." - Designsan
SchulmanArt Blog Interview with Meri Bourgard
Getting Inspired Comes From Doing Artwork. A short and insightful interview on Miriam Schulman's blog, Schumanart:
The Artist as Collector Series
Painter and mixed media artist, Shari Epstein writes about Meri's artwork for the Artist as Collector series on Nanci Hersh's blog:
David Kim interviews Meri Bourgard - The Laymans Almanac
The most precious Art pushes deep into our mental fabric by exploring what it means to be human today. Mixed-media artist Meri Bourgard's exploration of half-forgotten memories is striking in that it allows us to experience our dreams again...
Here's the transcription of the conversation with Meri on a warm New York Summer afternoon, 2010:
"Meri Bourgard's images are pleasingly misty, as if the artist were recollecting chance moments, lost relationships... The interiors also recall the intimism of Vuillard's early paintings... Her drawings are like memories that one has managed to bring into focus to a certain degree. She defines that degree with her elegantly obfuscating marks."
- Jed Perl, Arts & Antiques
"Ms. Bourgard's characters are... less tangible for she seldom uses outlines to define boundaries. ...they appear to dissolve ...they move ...their wistful presences recall the state of mind induced by life's transitions."
- Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times
"Meri Bourgard's big charcoal and pastel on paper works are stunners. In 'Passengers III', you absolutely feel the power and glory of an eagle's wings. The deft use of subtle coloration -fawn and gray- let the motion sing out. You have have to step back and actively concentrate to see that composition is as potently used as color. Her mixed media on panel, 'Dream V', is reminiscent of Degas in its motion, in the veil that swirls between viewer and subjects. Here the color is warm to the touch, akin to chiffon and feathers, the fascinating hints of profile and mood."
- Susan Bridson, Long Island Week, Three Village Herald
Meri Bourgard's drawings and paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in the United States and in Europe, including the First Street Gallery, St. John's University, and the Schafler Gallery of Pratt Institute in New York City; the Fleming Museum in Burlington, Vermont; the Brattleboro Museum in Vermont; the Discovery Museum in Essex Junction, Vermont; the University of Vermont's Francis Colburn Gallery in Burlington; the Marion Stevens Gallery in Key West, Florida; Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; Akademie der Bildenden Kunst in Vienna, Austria; and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. In addition, her work is in public, corporate, and private collections, including those of First Albany Corporation, GiroCredit and Clausen Miller P.C., in New York City; Champlain College, and Howard Bank in Burlington, Vermont.
Meri received a BA from Hunter College and a MFA from Pratt Institute where she is currently an adjunct professor.
164 Congress Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11201
Phone: 718 625 5875
For information about viewing Meri Bourgard's entire collection, purchase of art, or exhibiting her work, please email:
Email Meri directly:
Join the conversation:
Once in a while we send out a newsletter to keep people up to date on latest news.
Sign up for our mailing list here