press release: rowan MERSH is a textile based sculptor who explores form and fuses design with technique, emphasizing experimentation as the focus of his practice. MERSH is a celebrated graduate of the royal college of art, the first to win the mercury art prize, profiled in design magazines and featured on the cover of an acclaimed author’s book fashioning fabrics, which examined his work alongside fashion icons issey miyake, hussein chalayan to mention but a few. MERSH’s work is process oriented, the work reveals itself within his practice, as it takes form and shape depending on the emphasis and materials.
mersh ‘s work has already been acquired by the victoria and albert museum for the permanent collection and has been exhibited internationally in galleries and independent spaces. MERSH has developed a unique aesthetic, which is at once obvious upon encounter of his various larger and smaller sculptural forms whether it be in fashion, photography, textile, sculpture or any other experimental agenda in which he embark.
the v&a recently acquired cd vinyl sculpture part 2 by rowan MERSH who is one of the most prolific and talented young artists to emerge from the rca. MERSH is fascinated by manipulation of fabrics especially knitted stretched jersey, trapping objects as diverse as cds, records and even cocktail sticks within the fabric to create amazing sculptural forms…….his constant experimentation results in some of the most innovative and exciting textiles being produced today.
sue pritchard, curator contemporary textiles v&a.
all photos courtesy of the artist with the exception of the upper right hand image on this page courtesy of photographer wendy BEVAN.