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    Olivia Irvine : MERZ residency diary #1

    “After a brief visit to MERZ around Hallowe’en I thought this is definitely the place for me – because of the amazing location within a friendly town offering direct access to the countryside and because of the connection with Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Hoch. Not least because the accommodation and work-spaces are self-contained, MERZ offers a residency that is possible during Lockdown.

    I am fascinated by collage but have rarely used it. I thought it would be good to concentrate on collage for a month, as something new, and see how this affects how I use space and scale in my paintings. However, I have now decided to collage time as well, as much as that is possible! I have brought some old drawings with me and plan to mix these with current ones.

    I also relish being free to work all day and set my own timetable, away from my usual commitments. I love being on my own, but I also love meeting people. So far, everyone has been so friendly and I am enjoying getting to know the neighbours, shop keepers and even a few passers-by”.