Rowan Mersh




Works



Biography



Exhibitions

Corn Craft
In Every Dream Home
Porto Cervo 2011
PAD Paris 2012
Porto Cervo 2012
PAD London 2012
PAD Paris 2013
PAD London 2013
Design MIAMI BASEL 2014
Porto Cervo 2014
PAD London 2014





    Rowan Mersh Rowan Mersh’s experience in experimental textiles is immediately apparent in his wall-mounted, sculptural assemblages, which use hard construction to achieve a soft aesthetic. The high drama of his earlier kinetic large scale installations and his sculptural fabric works, freestanding and for the body, is now translated into a more contemplative mode, in unique wall artworks of great maturity and elegance. The works are expansive, generous in their scale, yet close examination delivers the satisfaction of individually considered parts, meticulously rendered by the artist himself.

    His process is labour-intensive, involving the hand-assembly of many thousands of individual components, selected for their specific sculptural qualities when used en masse and used in organic, extensive ways. He uses responsibly-sourced materials, ranging from windowpane oyster shell discs, and dentalium shell, with all its natural variation and idiosyncrasy, through to sticks manufactured in wood with a coating of marble dust.

    The works raise inevitable questions about value: some of the shells were traditionally used as currency or sacred wealth, and leather components associated with luxury brands imply a premium; but the real worth here is delivered by the artist’s unique and dedicated vision in unlocking the creative power of these strange components. Their sheer numbers are evocative of ruffled patterns in nature – the layering of feathers, the disturbed nap of animal fur, accretions of coral, the tentacles of sea anemones. Undulations, peaks and troughs, in reality fixed, are animated by the movement of the eye across their eddying and swirling terrain, implying life, an internal energy beneath the surface. Large-scale wall pieces may be contained within deep frames or geometric forms such as circles or squares, or are borderless and freeform, with motifs coalescing and dispersing across the wall surface. They are at the same time complementary to interior architecture and invested with an internal, dynamic architecture of their own.

    Rowan Mersh lives and works in London; his works have been acquired by private and public collections worldwide.
    © Sara Roberts

  • Rowan Mersh | Speculo Spiralem | 2015, Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Speculo Spiralem | 2015

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    Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Speculo Spiralem (detail) | 2015, Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Speculo Spiralem (detail) | 2015

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    Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Placuna Phoenix III | 2015, Windowpane Oyster Shells | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Placuna Phoenix III | 2015

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    Windowpane Oyster Shells | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Placuna Phoenix III (detail) | 2015, Windowpane Oyster Shells | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Placuna Phoenix III (detail) | 2015

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    Windowpane Oyster Shells | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Pithvava Freestanding II | 2015, Dentalium shells | unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Pithvava Freestanding II | 2015

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    Dentalium shells | unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Marmaros Metamorphosis |  A FUMI Collaboration with Lapicida | 2014, Marble Dust, Resin , Wood | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Marmaros Metamorphosis | A FUMI Collaboration with Lapicida | 2014

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    Marble Dust, Resin , Wood | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Marmaros Metamorphosis (detail) |  A FUMI Collaboration with Lapicida | 2014, Marble Dust, Resin, Wood | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Marmaros Metamorphosis (detail) | A FUMI Collaboration with Lapicida | 2014

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    Marble Dust, Resin, Wood | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Placuna Phoenix (detail) | 2014, Windowpane Oyster Shells | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Placuna Phoenix (detail) | 2014

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    Windowpane Oyster Shells | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Pithvava Female | 2014, Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Pithvava Female | 2014

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    Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh |  Pithvava Female (detail) | 2014, Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Pithvava Female (detail) | 2014

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    Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Pithvava Male | 2013, Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Pithvava Male | 2013

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    Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Pithvava Male (detail) | 2013, Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Pithvava Male (detail) | 2013

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    Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Inside Out | 2013, Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Inside Out | 2013

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    Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Inside Out | 2013, Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Inside Out | 2013

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    Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Inside Out (detail) | 2013, Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Inside Out (detail) | 2013

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    Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Inside Out (detail) | 2013, Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Inside Out (detail) | 2013

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    Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Pithvava | 2012, Dentalium shells | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Pithvava | 2012

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    Dentalium shells | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Pithvava (detail) | 2012, Dentalium shells | unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Pithvava (detail) | 2012

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    Dentalium shells | unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Pithvava (detail 2) | 2012, Dentalium shells | unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Pithvava (detail 2) | 2012

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    Dentalium shells | unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Untitled (detail) | 2012, Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Untitled (detail) | 2012

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    Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Untitled (detail) | 2012, Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Untitled (detail) | 2012

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    Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Incidere Ora | 2012, Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Incidere Ora | 2012

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    Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Incidere Ora (detail) | 2012, Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Incidere Ora (detail) | 2012

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    Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Incidere Ora | 2012, Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Incidere Ora | 2012

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    Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Incidere Ora (close up) | 2012, Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Incidere Ora (close up) | 2012

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    Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Urchins | 2011, Toothpicks | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Urchins | 2011

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    Toothpicks | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Urchins (detail) | 2011, Toothpicks | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Urchins (detail) | 2011

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    Toothpicks | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Untitled Table | 2010, Fendi Selleria leather, glass, steel | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Untitled Table | 2010

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    Fendi Selleria leather, glass, steel | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Untitled Table (detail) | 2010, Fendi Selleria leather, glass, steel | Unique | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Untitled Table (detail) | 2010

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    Fendi Selleria leather, glass, steel | Unique | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Untitled Installation | 2010, Fendi Selleria leather, wood | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Untitled Installation | 2010

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    Fendi Selleria leather, wood | UK
  • Rowan Mersh | Untitled Installation (detail) | 2010, Fendi Selleria leather, wood | UK
    Rowan Mersh | Untitled Installation (detail) | 2010

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    Fendi Selleria leather, wood | UK
  • Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
  • Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
  • Windowpane Oyster Shells | Unique | UK
  • Windowpane Oyster Shells | Unique | UK
  • Dentalium shells | unique | UK
  • Marble Dust, Resin , Wood | Unique | UK
  • Marble Dust, Resin, Wood | Unique | UK
  • Windowpane Oyster Shells | Unique | UK
  • Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
  • Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
  • Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
  • Dentalium Shells | Unique | UK
  • Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
  • Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
  • Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
  • Sliced black walnuts, wire | Unique | UK
  • Dentalium shells | Unique | UK
  • Dentalium shells | unique | UK
  • Dentalium shells | unique | UK
  • Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
  • Mirrored Polyester, MDF | Unique | UK
  • Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
  • Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
  • Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
  • Leather on wooden base | Unique | UK
  • Toothpicks | UK
  • Toothpicks | UK
  • Fendi Selleria leather, glass, steel | Unique | UK
  • Fendi Selleria leather, glass, steel | Unique | UK
  • Fendi Selleria leather, wood | UK
  • Fendi Selleria leather, wood | UK