A Goddess is a female deity. Throughout her career, Eleanor Merritt has utilized images of women to illustrate earth, motherhood, sisterhood, love and household, power, strength and healing as well as at times exploring the central place in some religions of women in prayer and worship. As the final reflection on a season of bringing forth women artists as witnesses of the power, grace, intellect and humanity in all of us, former HMAAC Curator Danielle Burns suggested Eleanor Merritt as a salute to these artists and to this season of If I Were A Boy. With this retrospective of her work, we honor Merritt's work and the importance of her lifelong preoccupation with women in our imagination.
About Eleanor Merritt
Eleanor Merritt, a trailblazer and ardent advocate for African American and women artists, and one of the most celebrated artists in Florida, will present Revelations of Goddesses. Her work involves strong mystical female images that seem to explode on surfaces through the combined use of acrylics, inks and paper materials. Those images, symbolic references that emerge from Merritt's very personal revelations of inner spiritual messages, are explored through the use of texture, pattern and design. She is a charter member of the National Museum of Women in Arts in Washington, D.C.; a former Board member of the Ringling Museum of Art; and former Board member and Vice President of the Women's Caucus for Art.