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 To an extent, drawing in her practice is an after effect; filtering arrangements of lines through outdated technologies such as carbon paper or typewriter carbon film gives rise to a continuing transmission of marks from one drawing to the next.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.
Currently Artist in Residence at UCD College of Engineering and Architecture (2017/18). Recent projects include: Dublin City Council Public Art Programme, Strand 2, Interaction with the City, (2013-2014) The Fort Camden Commissions (2011) and The Carlisle Pier project (2006 – 2010). Solo exhibitions: Revisions, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2016); Part Drawing, The Drawing Project, Dublin (2014); Draw Full Size, RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin (2012); General Arrangement (with Marcel Broodthaers), Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow (2011); Measured Fall, Occupy Space, Limerick (2010). Selected group shows: Tulca Festival of Visual Art, Galway (2016); Source, Phizzfest, Dublin (2016); A Knowing Nature, The Dock, Leitrim (2016); 30 years, Artists, Places, Touring exhibition (2015 – 2017); Uncovering a Collection (2015) and Soundings (2014) Municipal Galley, DLR Lexicon, Dublin; Exploring Spaces, Braid Mid-Antrim Museum, Antrim (2014); Into The Light, The Arts Council, Crawford Gallery, Cork (2012); Fine Lines, Limerick City Gallery of Art (2011); Outside the lines, Contemporary Drawing Practice, DLR Arts (2011); Inscape, Galway Arts Centre, Galway (2010); Eurojet Futures, RHA, Dublin (2004). 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.