Marisa Merz Part 2

Marisa Merz, Scarpette, 1960s

Merz’s Scarpette are loosely woven out of nylon. A weaving is a grid, and in an art context the allusion to the conventional pictorial support is unavoidable. That they are slippers is charming, comical and a little shivery. In the real world, unlike on the picture plane, a grid is porous, and on the beach the ocean can run through. Jan Tumlir’s comments on the first post, “Stones,”  come to mind. Merz’s slippers are about a ghostly body, about imagination and matter, but there exists a lot of other formally similar work that will help the pictorial connection to come clear.


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