I am a London-based visual artist & writer. As a visual artist, I work across photography, moving-image, graphic design, wheatpasting and text. Predominantly utilising photography, my work explores, incorporates and often blurs the lines within a range of genres, primarily by way of staging or orchestration. Themes such as nature, sexuality, voyeurism, identity, cynicism and the uncanny regularly manifest within and across my work. As an artist, I have exhibited in galleries across the U.K and have had works reviewed and published by platforms such as Outpost, Source.ie, Optology Magazine, Aint Bad and more. As a writer, I work across interviews, reviews, essays, poems and short-fiction. I am currently a contributor to european photography magazine, Photomonitor, and have previously written for other arts websites such as Berlin Art Link, Paper Journal, Twin Magazine, BKN Magazine, Dazed Digital and more. I have also written extensively about practices aside from photography, such as installation art, tattooing, architecture, painting, performance art and more. Poetry remains the largest source of my output as a writer, with my work incorporating a wide range of subject matter, inspirations and approaches rooted within the contemporary and the historical. I am currently working on my first short-fiction collection. I am the founder and editor of photographic conversation series SEED Monograph, tattoo conversation series Quo Vadis and short-fiction series, Damp Flesh. In 2018 I created personal publishing imprint, SEED Editions. In 2019 I launched design & direction studio, SEED Atelier. Website— www.dorrellmerritt.co.uk Email— hello(at)dorrellmerritt.co.uk Instagram— @dorrell_merritt
- 'Contemporary is now'— Poster (2021).'Contemporary is now' is a poster that I designed, under my design pseudonym SEED Atelier, for SEED Editions. Chanelling brutalism, abstraction, minimalism and modernism, the poster embodies the concept of the contemporary through the ages. 'Contemporary is now / now is contemporary'. Dimensions: A1 (59.4 × 84.1 cm) Paper Stock: 135gsm Gloss MC Available to purchase here: https://www.slanted.de/product/contemporary-is-now/
- 'Carhartt blood and other new poems'— Publication (2021).Carhartt blood and other new poems is a new collection of thirty poems, written in 2021, serving as my first physical collection published in six years. Exploring themes as diverse as science-fiction, desire, memory, music, heartbreak and the untameable power of nature, the collection serves as a mapping of a psyche, honestly, vastly, while calling upon a wide range of influences and inspirations in the process.
- 'The Cars', Wolfgang Tillmans— Photobook Review (2021).An excerpt from my Photobook review of Wolfgang Tillman's 2015 publication, 'The Cars'. Documenting the ubiquitous machines the world over, within a range of situations, setting and scenarios, the German photographer dug deep not only into their place within societies, but what they say about them and about humans at large within an ever-changing, complex and often elusive voice and conversation. The full Photobook review can be read here: www.photomonitor.co.uk/book/the-cars/ All images © Wo
- 'The Barbican Conservatory'— Poster Campaign (2021).The Barbican Conservatory is a photographic essay that I completed in summer 2021— a creative manifestation of my life-long interest in plants, admiration for Japanese photography and interest in public spaces, especially in the wake of world events. To promote the series, I designed, wheat-pasted and photographed posters around Central and East London, featuring work from the series itself, strategically targeting areas with higher-footfalls, as well as larger, malleable spaces and walls to wo
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Creative Direction, Art Direction & Graphic DesignSEED Atelier
London, United KingdomPart Time
In 2019 I created SEED Atelier as an outlet for my personal projects, concerning creative direction, art direction and graphic design, and the ways in which they can manifest by way of contemporary, visual art, ephemera and unique objects.
London, United KingdomFreelance
I have worked as an arts writer, conducting interviews, reviews and essays for a number of independent publications online and in print such as as Berlin Art Link, Paper Journal, Twin Magazine, BKN Magazine, Dazed Digital and more. I am currently a contributor to photography magazine, Photomonitor.
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