Mixed Media Sculpture
Greer Mehler is a sculptor from the United States who focuses on creating abstract art works composed of mass produced materials. She draws inspiration from mythology, mapping, geographical forms and manifestations of energy, such as wind and lighting. She alters the original intentions of materials through physical manipulation and presentation.
Greer received her B.F.A. in painting from Birmingham-Southern College and her M.F.A. in sculpture and installation art from Florida State University. She began her career focused on large scale, non-objective paintings, and gradually moved into three-dimensional sculptures and installations. She has experience with burlap, inks, and plastic pipes, but has gravitated towards aluminum mesh and wood in recent years. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, in museum and gallery group exhibitions. She also enjoys private commissions.
This artwork explores, through the transformation of mass-produced materials, perceptions of energy. I manipulate metals, such as aluminum wire mesh, in ways that eliminate the original or intended purpose, and place the materials in a new conceptual context.
The sculpture is a frozen, or trapped moment of “energy”; the forms could be rising, collapsing, expanding- it depends on how one interprets the movement. The potentiality of a sculptural form is what I find exciting and interesting. These forms can alter the spatial relationship between the viewer and the space.
The sculpture is highly textured; I’ve layered acrylic paint on the wooden panel, creating little indications of movement. The aluminum wire mesh has a prominent texture; the grid-like pattern, depending on how the artwork is lit, seems either smooth or rough.
First, I take sheets of aluminum wire wesh, and cut, twist, tear, fold and shape them. This tends to be a time of intuition- I don’t really worry about what the shapes need to be look like- I just focus on the physical movement and observe what happens.
I then take the shapes, attach them to fishing line, and dip into large buckets of white paint. It takes 1-2 days for each shape to dry completely. I usually do this process two of three times.
I work in batches, and will have 50-150 pieces by the end of the 2nd dry. While the shapes are drying, I prep the canvases or wooden boards.
I then lay all of the mesh shapes out on large tables and attach them to the canvases or boards. I usually have 5-10 boards out, and this process can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks.
I then take the new sculptures and add layers of acrylic paint, in various colors. Finally, I determine the orientation by selecting the compositions that are the most dynamic.