Piece description from the artist
Based on the fairy tale "Hans my Hedgehog." A young woman steals her husbands coat of quills in the middle of the night. He leaves her and she goes to find him, but she falls asleep in the middle of the woods…
My paintings address the sensual, emotional and violent recesses of human nature that bubble beneath the surface of our culture. My recent work is about the physical and psychological space that exists within the minds of women. The protagonists of my paintings are strong women, loving, intelligent and cunning. They can also be selfish and violent. The interactions between the characters and the viewer form the central tension inherent in my work.
Allison Merz was born in Minnesota and moved to New York City to pursue a career in painting. She creates fairy tale narratives with collage, digital editing and perceptual painting techniques.
Allison is a member of the New York-based artist collective "ConArtist":http://conartistnyc.com. She had her first solo show, "Love in Virgo" at ConArtist. She continues to show her work there and has exhibited at "Flux Factory":http://www.fluxfactory.org/.