A Friend 2012
Merike van Zanten, USA
|Merike van Zanten,
Cambridge MA, USA, 2012
The quote by Euripides, one of the great tragedians of classical
Athens, expresses my feelings about why I joined the Al-Mutanabbi
Street Coalition. Too often we turn away from atrocities like this.
Either because we don’t know how to react to carnage, pain,
loss, and sorrow, or because a constant barrage of violence portrayed
in the news has dulled our feelings.
Represented by the bandages wrapped around the burned book, compassion
is one of the (palliative) antidotes to senseless violence and its
effects. It is also something that should come natural to us, if
we have any feeling left for our fellow man and about right or wrong.
Merike van Zanten got her BA (Hons) Ceramics
from the University of the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK. During
this period she had artist residencies in the USA and Italy. At
the London New Designers Exhibition in 2002 she was one of the top
In 2003 Van Zanten moved to the USA, and began working in letterpress
design, printing and the book arts. She has made commissioned work
in the USA and The Netherlands, has work in private collections
in The Netherlands, England, and the USA, and has exhibited in England
and currently the USA.
Dimensions: 10" (H) x 8" (W) x 1.5" (D)
Medium: Book, Bandages, text on transparency, Memory Box