The art of Michael Mercurio is something you have to experience in person to really understand how beautiful and detailed each piece is. I walked by his masterpieces many times at a Fame Fest event on
'Blind' 2012, Mercurio, 30x40 Sculpture on Canvas with Paint (Owned by Parker Williams)
What kind of art do you do and can you describe the process?
I primarily focus on sculpture on canvas with an emphasis on converging humanism, pantheism, and existentialism. Any sculpture can take anywhere between two to four months to complete. The process is a cycle of profound cathartic moments and manic states of pure frustration. As the medium of combining sculpture with canvas is something not prevalent within the art community, there are no examples to follow, and the entire creation of each piece is essentially born from nothing more than trial and error. There are two elements in my motivation to create. The first is frustration with apathy, censorship, disintegration of civil rights and the bonds that are either created externally or internally within each of us. The second is a desire to express connection through pantheistic perspectives that have always been the fabric of indigenous cultures worldwide, including our ancestors, particularly mine, Native Americans and the nations that encompass their rich and dynamic heritage. These two elements are apparent in the differences between my dark pieces, that are overtly symbolic, and the 'Earth' pieces that express connectivity and truth. Ultimately what I am aspiring to each time I create any piece is to transmit truth.
I met you at Fame Fest which is an event where different artists can display their art in an outdoor setting. What does an event like Fame Fest mean to you as an artist?
Fame Fest gives an outlet to not only established but new and emerging artists in a community based environment. Much like 'Art walk' in DTLA, Fame Fest takes place on the first Thursday of each month on
You recently shared that you would be donating a sculpture to support
I was contacted by Rajiv Jain, who is a longstanding performer with Lucent Dossier, to participate in the upcoming Art Bazaar Market at
'Silent Screamer' 2011, Mercurio, 30x40 Sculpture on Canvas with Paint (Owned by David Lynch)
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on an 'Earth' series piece that incorporates sand with the female figure.
'Gaia' 2012, Mercurio, 30x40 Sculpture on Canvas with Earth
There is a very alluring aspect to the dark themes in your work. Can you explain what the symbolism is behind these darker themes?
The 'dark' themes are intimately connected to our growing discontent with the subtle and sometimes overt dismantling of constitutional and civil rights, the tentacles of censorship and disinformation that permeate corporate, education and government institutions, and finally the silent, but most dangerous of all human behavior, apathy. All of these are 'bonds,' both forced upon us and, ironically, created from within. The straps that are often featured in my 'dark' pieces are identical to those used with straitjackets. So it goes without saying that they are intended to transmit and convey the issues I described. I make every attempt to create androgynous features so that everyone can objectively connect to the symbolism on a personal level. On a side note; one of my all time favorite film directors, David Lynch personally owns the very first piece I ever created in this series.
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