Using mixed media, Sloane Merrick creates pieces on canvas and wood that balance a graphic quality with material intricacy. Paint, yarn, dirt, gold leaf, and an array of other elements combine in each piece to create compositions that play with textures and patterns even as they create larger areas of focus, from geometric honeycombs to animals and more. Layers of mixed media create tapestries of color which, in soft, smooth, and rough patches, contrast to create images that teem with interest and variety. At times bustling with material and movement, Merrick's works take on an element of relief, becoming tangible representations of tranquil and relatable subjects. Natural elements and familiar objects come together to create something new. Merrick reproduces the complexity of life and nature in her enthusiastic addition of new substances to her paints. Every work becomes, rather than a flat image, an object of interest itself.
Merrick lets each piece speak for itself, balancing the simple and complex. Inspired by her upbringing in west Texas, Merrick incorporates an awe and comfort into her work in both substance and subject.