Filled full of your ideas, 2013
Graphite on Paper 
36 x 28 in. 


In these graphite drawings and mixed media work, I am studying relationships- then and now, attachment and detachment; exploring my own sense of loss and fulfillment, and the balloons overall connection to the human form. Observing the balloon as it cycles through a life of growth, deflation and decay, I capture, record and associate its connection to mortality and humanity. Examining differences in shape, texture and weight I can capture the balloon’s impermanence, it’s metaphorical associations for the emotional and physical transformation of people and their relationship to each other.

About Heather Merckle 

Heather Merckle's undergraduate studies began at the University of Cincinnati in 2000. In 2003 Heather was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and studied at The Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. She completed her degree with a BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. Her work has also been featured in Publications including New American Paintings Issues 77 and 83 and in Studio Visit magazine Volume 7. Most recently, Heather's new graphite drawings were selected for the exhibition, Feel Life, as part of the Waterfall Mansion/Kate Shin Gallery.