Emmett

Merrill

Kansas City, Missouri-born artist Emmett Merrill holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, and while he is new to the Main Gallery at Sager Reeves, his work has been exhibited and collected across the country. In the pieces Merrill brings to the January Exhibit, anecdotes become a form of modern mythology. The imagery in this work comments on the culture of the American highway, comparing it to purgatory (existing between two destinations), and the transient liberation of operating in a space as a stranger. Because of the multiple nature of lithography (a printmaking process that allows multiple impressions to be taken from a drawing made on a piece of limestone), even the prints themselves can be disseminated, traveling with people and existing in more than one place at any time, to be perpetually reinterpreted and discussed.