Benjamin Merrit -- A Feather Plucked from its Bird


Unbound Artist Book, signed by the artist
38 pages, 27 etchings in handmade box by the artist
Etching, monoprint, drypoint, aquatint, soft ground, paper stencil
Variable edition of 18 + 2AP
16 x 12 inches (box) / 15 x 11 inches (paper)

Benjamin Merritt's new artist book 'A Feather Plucked from its Bird' is a variable collection of unbound handmade prints produced by the artist at Highpoint Center for Printmaking through multiple printmaking processes including etching, monoprint, drypoint, aquatint, soft ground and paper stencil. The poems in the collection express the material conditions of illness - how it affects personal relationships, the costs of medicine, chronic pain and its absence, and the tension between being cared for and giving care. This body of work is an affirmation of sick embodiment. Echoing Merritt’s experience of constantly adapting to remain safe in an ableist society, each edition contains subtle deviations in their marks and gestures.

Benjamin Merritt (b. 1997 in Simpsonville, South Carolina) graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2019. Merritt has attended residencies at the Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, Michigan, the Jerome Emerging Artist Residency at the Anderson Center (2021) in Red Wing, Minnesota, Spudnik Press in Chicago and the Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis. He is the recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals (2021) which helped fund the production of Merritt’s artist book, A feather plucked from its bird. His work has been included in several group exhibitions including at the International Print Center, New York, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, and the Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, among other venues.