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Cover Artist

JESS MERLO jessmerlo.com

Our childhoods can be a roller coaster of emotions and experiences. Empowered by stimuli and changes, both cognitive and physical, these times can have a lasting impact on all of us. Tapping into this nostalgia, we have Melbourne based artist Jess Merlo. Referencing childhood milieus, her work consists of environmental references like sand from the beach she visited and social ones like toys and forms unique to her childhood. A Fine Art graduate from Monash University, Jess is an emerging contemporary painter and sculptor that works in the tradition of organic abstraction. Using non-conventional materials and techniques, she paves a path to unique and personal results. Could you tell us a bit about the artist-run collective called ‘The Lot’ which we believe you are a co-founder? The Lot is a collective that consists of three curators and three artists, aiming to exhibit and promote upcoming artists. The group of us all met at University when we all worked together at the student gallery at Monash University; it was then that we decided to start the collective to assist artists breaking into the art community.

watched by on the shore. Recently, I’ve been working with texture and experimenting with layers and three-dimensionality which has lead me to use sand, specifically sourced from Rye, a place I have and continue to spend every summer at with my family. I hold some of my most treasured memories with my aunties, uncles, cousins, parents and brothers, full of swimming, cooking, eating and playing backyard cricket.

What are your fondest memories from Bridgewater Bay beach growing up? I never really visited Bridgewater Bay when I was growing up, but I have been visiting that beach with friends over the past couple of years. The best memory was when I was with a good friend of mine, collecting rocks and surprisingly got dunked by a wave and dragged out in the ocean in my clothes, struggling to get to the sand because I was laughing so hard with my friend who

Would you say that the toys we played with as children can have a profound impact on us growing up? What were your favourites? I don’t believe it is the actual toy that has an impact, but what they bring out in us; whether its connections with another person or discovering something new about yourself. But definitely, a favourite for me was a shared small car collection with my brothers because it was the one toy that

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CreativPaper Issue No. 13  

Featuring; Cover Artist: Jess Merlo, Maria Risner, Larry Graeber, Juliana Soboleva, Aune Ainson, Eliana Carvidon, Opoku Mensah, Gina Love, P...

CreativPaper Issue No. 13  

Featuring; Cover Artist: Jess Merlo, Maria Risner, Larry Graeber, Juliana Soboleva, Aune Ainson, Eliana Carvidon, Opoku Mensah, Gina Love, P...

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