Babe…I Thought, Meryl Engler


WELCOME GALLERY

This series of woodcuts explores the devolution of a relationship through the symbol of the chain link fence, denoting a physical barrier and a power relationship. 

Artist Statement

Each one of my series of works chronicles a relationship, either with a person, place or specific time period of my life. I can look back to a place I’ve lived and identify the type of person I was then and how I have changed. I find that I remember things in landscapes. I remember playing in the ocean as a child, watching the light dance along the waves. I felt the power and wonder as I stood at the precipice of both the water and my youth. I remember the piles of fabric and yarn surrounding my mother as she sat to sew blankets. In my mind the patterns from a quilt she makes becomes rolling fields or crashing waves. I remember the end of a love as a fence, a barrier between myself and him that I could see through but not overcome.  

I seek to translate this through pattern, shape and color in drawing, collage and printmaking. The way I approach woodcut allows me to be rash, intuitive, thoughtful and careful throughout the different stages of the process. Woodcut involves working with the resistance, grain, and pattern of the wood. Controlling the gouge as it cuts through the wood requires focus, the full presence of both mind and body. There is a heightened level of intimacy with each mark as I spend time carving around it. Woodcut is a physical medium. The strokes are strong and big and powerful because I am strong and big and powerful. 

6- I Thought I Could Wait 4- So I Sat And Waited 7- I Thought I Was Supporting You #4 11- Waiting… 8- …You I Met In The Rain 12- I Wanted To Reach You #2 9- The Sun Could Rise 2- I Couldn’t Go Where You Were #2 10- I Was Waiting For The Sunset 14- I Thought I Was Supporting You #2 1- You Were On The Other Side 5- All The Night 3- I Wanted To Reach You

  • 13- I Couldn’t Go Where You Were #1

Special thanks to Bradley Hart, Summit Artspace resident artist, for photography of virtual exhibitions!

If you would like to purchase any art, please visit a staff member or volunteer in the Main Gallery, or email natalie@summitartspace.org.

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1
You Were On The Other Side
| $250
Woodcut

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2
I Couldn’t Go Where You Were #2
| $200
Woodcut

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3
I Wanted To Reach You
| $550
Woodcut

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4
So I Sat And Waited
| NFS
Woodcut, pastel

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5
All The Night
| $200
Woodcut, monotype

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6
I Thought I Could Wait
| $200
Woodcut, monotype

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7
I Thought I Was Supporting You #4
| $300
Woodcut

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8
…You I Met In The Rain
| $450
Woodcut, monotype

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9
The Sun Could Rise
| $200
Woodcut, monotype

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10
I Was Waiting For The Sunset
| $200
Woodcut, monotype

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11
Waiting…
| $200
Woodcut

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12
I Wanted To Reach You #2
| $500
Woodcut, powdered graphite

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13
I Couldn’t Go Where You Were #1
| $300
Woodcut

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14
I Thought I Was Supporting You #2
| $300
Woodcut

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