Contemporary Art by Southern Artists

Nicole Merkins

As far back as I can remember, I was never alone. I heard them , I saw them, I dreamt of them.  My work is about spiritual guardians, rebirth, the soul and its energies. I draw on metaphysical as well as catholic iconography to portray my spiritual journey. 

I feel through my work I am able to document my mystical path which is too emotional and profound to put into words.  Sometimes the work gets dark but its always with a sense of humor...if I give into fear; I lose my insight and become a beacon of restless energy.

Through mixed media, I piece together images, shapes, colors and symbols; all chosen to produce specific effects. Their interaction with each other conveys an essence of being. I believe I am working from a higher consciousness and a passionate drive possesses me. My work comes from the depths of my soul. The past dances with the future to correct itself.

Nicole graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1994 with a BFA in Printmaking and BookArts. 

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