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Introduction



I am a London based printer and artist.


My practice covers painting in various media; drawing and printing in a variety of techniques. My work tends to incorporate subjects and themes which I encountered in my prior working career.

I am drawn to defunct industrial material and my practice is a form of technological archaeology. My work often concerns “technofossils”; these are outdated technologies which have transcended their prior functions to become intriguing landscape features.


I have a passion to reveal the purpose of the overlooked. My research into these “technofossils” opens up possibilities for developing artistic narratives. Sometimes my interest is piqued by a location and so a distinct object is not always required.
Layering is a key part of my work and it is the accretion of information and parts to form the whole that is important. There is the literal layering in my making involving inter alia; masking, under-drawing and translucent layers. Then there is the metaphorical layering of meaning, memory, space or time. My compositions involve information gathered during my investigations.

Recent Work



Set out here are some past commissions and works of development for future pieces.


Images here cover a range of landscapes both urban and rural with locations as diverse as Spain and those much closer to home.

Exhibitions



Details of recent shows.


Listed here are some brief details of shows held in the last two years.

BREACHING THE BOUNDARY - ONLINE SHOW

May / June 2021

Exhibition of new work by Mercedes Balle and Jon Faragher.

GRADUATE SHOW - ART ACADEMY WALWORTH GALLERY

December 2020

Exhibition by Mercedes Balle, Jon Faragher, Kate Crumpler, Andy Grinham, Emily Russell, Zora Owen and Gloria Cavicchioli.