Marking a surface is an ancient form of communication that has lost none of its relevance and validity today. Within this framework Julie Merriman has constructed a space to work, developing a process and a methodology of drawing. Her work is focused on visual forms of communication, investigating mark making in the context of language: drawn, written and programmed. Importing diagrammatic visual codes, she mirrors the outcome of the methodologies of other professions: architects, engineers, scientists, linguistics, cartographers and mathematicians. To an extent, drawing in her practice is an after effect; filtering arrangements of lines through outdated technologies such as carbon paper or typewriter carbon film gives rise to a continuing transmission of marks from one drawing to the next. It also distances her from the mark making process, producing slippages in the source material that shape the potential for new readings to emerge.
Recent projects include: Lexicon Municipal Gallery Visual Arts Commission Award (2018); Artist in Residence, UCD College of Engineering and Architecture (2017/18); Dublin City Council Public Art Commission, Strand 2, Interaction with the City, (2013-2014) Recent Solo exhibitions: Carriage Return, Lexicon Municipal Gallery, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (2018); Revisions, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2016); Recent Group exhibitions: EVA International, Limerick (2018); Tulca Festival of Visual Art, Galway (2016); A Knowing Nature, The Dock, Leitrim (2016). She has received awards and commissions and participated in residencies in Ireland and the UK. Her work is in The National Drawing Collection, Limerick, The Arts Council of Ireland and other public and private collections.