Postcards from a Pandemic Series

Mery Lynn McCorkle
May 22, 2020

“I’ve always been intrigued by layers which reveal and hide details since nothing in life is simple or straightforward. In grad school, I created reduction linoleum cuts using 50 to 75 colors. In California, I did paintings on the back and front of transparent vellum with layers of rice paper, saturated with acrylic, plucked with eyebrow tweezers, suspended on wires above it. Here in Georgia, I’ve settled on making collages with painted rag paper and then crusting them mostly with translucent glitter, both hiding and revealing the textures and colors underneath. The mantra of the conceptual art world has been anorexic – less is more. And while that can be as structurally illuminating as prairies and deserts, I’m Southern and like lushness, decay and shiny things, awkward, vibrant visuals. Glitter manages to be both ticky-tacky and elegant, a fitting description for how I see our world.”


Mery Lynn McCorkle was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA from the University of Georgia; her MFA from the University of Oregon. She has lived in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and in 2010 returned to Atlanta. Also a curator and a writer of novels about the art world, McCorkle has been exhibiting her artwork nationally and internationally since 1990.

"Postcards from a Pandemic" is brought to you by Marcia Wood Gallery in the hopes of keeping people connected to the transformative and hopeful power of art and the importance of artists' work during the Covid19 Pandemic.