Murjoni Merriweather: The Walk

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Murjoni Merriweather: The Walk

Former Resident Artist of Creative Alliance

ON VIEW: OCT 28 - DEC 3, 2022
Event Type: Exhibitions

Murjoni Merriweather is a Black woman artist from Maryland. She has found that the best way to create and talk about Black culture is through art, especially claywork. Murjoni creates sculpted beings that are based on real people and real experiences. Her work addresses and eliminates stereotypes through clay portraits and video work. She strives to counter traditional European standards of “beauty” that are placed upon People of Color and normalize what is natural and beautiful about Black bodies.

Exhibition On View: ON VIEW: OCT 28 - DEC 3, 2022
Opening Reception: FRI OCT 28 | 6-9pm

Artist Talk: FRI NOV 4 during the Highlandtown Art Walk

Artist Bio
Sculptor, Murjoni Merriweather grew up in Temple Hills, Maryland. During her time there, she fell in love with art at the age of 8 learning how to draw from trial and error and art kits her parents would give her. After dabbling in photography, drawing, painting, and graphic design, Murjoni tried out ceramics in 8th grade, and her heart grew whole. In this new medium of clay that she felt so connected to, she started making work that reflected the Black experience. In 2018, Murjoni graduated from The Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Ceramics and concentration in Film/Video. During this time, she explored celebrating Blackness through figurative forms. Murjoni has been able to expand her knowledge and experiment at places like Creative Alliance (Baltimore, 2019-2022), Fountainhead Residency (Miami, 2021), and The Alma | Lewis Residency (PA, 2022) in ways that talk about emotion through the clay itself. Murjoni currently resides in Baltimore Maryland with her cat, Kiva, where she continues to aim toward inspiring, celebrating, and elevating Black culture.

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