Painting With Light: The Digital Era

Submitted 2 years ago
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Susan B. Apel

A tendon snapped in her thumb. That misfortune is how I came to be viewing her beautiful art on a December afternoon.

The computer is her paintbrush. Woodstock-based Gloria King Merritt became a digital artist by accident, literally. When an injury to her hand made even the simplest of tasks impossible, she turned to her computer as a way to produce art. She says "I paint with light on a tablet of light, forming layers of varying transparency . . ." When the composition is completed, it is "coaxed" onto a canvas. Modern times indeed.

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Once again, that gloriously expansive gallery on the 4th floor of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has nabbed an artist suited to and worthy of the space. One of Merritt's larger pieces stretches along the hallway at street level (Level 3 at DHMC. Enter through the main door and make a right at the rotunda; look to your left.) Voila! Chrysopoeia, 32 feet in length, graces the corridor.

Merritt's Chrysopoeia

At the top of the staircase is Merritt's principal exhibition, approximately 15 pieces, available for gazing upon and for purchase. The works are abstract with recognizable forms, and filled with light and motion, or in the case of Equilibrium (featured photo above), a precarious stillness. Celebration (below) seems to leap from the wall. 

Celebration by Gloria King Merritt.

Some are muted in tone, others more vibrant.

Welcome To The Garden At Night by Gloria King Merritt is gorgeous in red.

On leaving, I noticed another of Merritt's creations downstairs on the 3rd level, just above a small sitting area in the hallway. It is of course the butterfly that grabs you, anchoring the center. Unless you read the narrative posted next to it, you will think the image is symmetric. It is not. Your human brain just thinks it is, or wants it to be. The explanation with tell you all about it, including the relationship of Chaos Theory to perception. 

Butterfly  Effect--Transformation, a gift from Merritt, explores an intersection between art and science. 

The exhibition is coming to an end. It will continue through December 2016; the gifted pieces will remain. 25% of the proceeds from the sale of this work will benefit Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Arts Program. Gloria King Merritt was recently featured in the June/July issue of ArtScope Magazine. The profile, and more information and examples of Merritt's work, can be found on her website.


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