merrilee challiss is one of my favorite artists. her work is always beautifully detailed and i love her use of woodland creatures and anatomical features. find out more about merrilee in the interview below.
etsy site/website/blog address: www.myspace.com/merilka; http://www.manmadebrain.com/merilka/; http://www.thebottletree.com/
where are you from? birmingham, alabama, (nee cleveland, ohio;louisville, ky/st.louis, mo/memphis & chatanooga, tn/ mannheim & berlin, germany/ prague, cz/ philadelphia, pa)
hobbies other than your art? cats, plants, collecting anatomical ephemera, and all things sea-related
how did you start with art/and or why? i was terribly shy as a child--drawing was my means of communication & expression. drawing became a thing i could "do", so i stuck with it. i'm still learning to draw.
influences, favorite things to design? influences: folk & "outsider" art, indigenous crafts and handiwork, fred tomaselli, lee bontecou, louise bourgoise, annette messager, etc.
favorite things to design: anatomical structures and scarves using my very primitive crochet skills, and anything with sequins, sequins, sequins!
dogs or cats? cats. always 5 of them. cats work best in odd numbers. dogs in even
are you voting in this election? (did you vote in this election?) yes, i did, and it felt great!
favorite form of transportation and why? my dream car is a matte avacado-green bio-diesel el camino -- i'm afraid it only exists in my imagination. i currently drive a beat up kia rio cinco, silver. i also have a bike.
favorite color? i'm partial to greens, but i'm branching out.
which star wars character would you like to be? han solo
what is in your fridge right now? what i can remember -- a bag of hummingbird food syrup (my backyard was very popular this year), various half-empty condiments, a single can of PBR, a jar of ayurvedic bitter-tasting paste that my brought me from india. i don't eat at hom much...
last book you read? the changeling by joy williams
favorite movie of all time? beyond the valley of the dolls
if Hollywood made a movie about you who would you like to play you? probably a sea turtle
if you were a salad what type of dressing would you have? a simple rustic italian -- fresh lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, salt & balsamic, or carrot ginger
(endgame) (summer monster)