Jeffrey Meris is an artist who considers ecology, embodiment, and lived experiences while healing deeply personal and historical wounds through a multidisciplinary practice that includes sculpture, installation, performance, and drawing. Meris asks, “What would healing centuries of anti-Blackness, xenophobia, homophobia, and other oppressions look like?” Born in Haiti and raised in the Bahamas, Meris’s work considers the impacts of naturalization, (dis)placement, and racial interpellation while aiming for transcendence. Exploring the physical and metaphorical potential of materials and processes, Meris engages complex narratives and questions of identity, race, class, gender, and sexuality. Meris has described his work as “environmental,” informed equally by the circumstances and conditions surrounding its making.
About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program
The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.
The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.