"Quilts serve as artifacts of collective identities. In many cultures, quilt making was a communal activity, and the product of a quilting bee's labor was a tangible relic of their interactions with one another. Contemporary relationships also produce artifacts, but these are increasingly of a digital, easily replicable nature.
Merrill has printed a series of photographs gleaned from social media- the intangible artifacts of modern relationships-and stitched cloth from found quilts over top of them into patterns that recall traditional quilt designs, and also reference the facial recognition used by Facebook. The faces in the photographs are obscured by the quilted fabric, creating unsettling images that question the impact of social media on the formation of our personal and collective identities" -Chase Martin, former Director Institute 193, Lexington, KY