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Maya Mercer

United States Born in: 1974

Maya Mercer is a Franco-American artist. Daughter of radical English dramatist, playwright, and screenwriter David Mercer, Maya grew up between London, Paris, and Los Angeles. Self-taught as a visual artist, Mercer has always lived in a narrative world, experiencing “life as theater" from early childhood. She calls herself a regionalist “photocinema" artist. Mercer now lives and works in Northern California where she directs mostly teenagers in visual stories inspired by the social conditions of the rural American Far West. Her work has been shown in galleries, museum exhibitions and art fairs throughout North America and Europe.

"Mercer has become an adopted daughter of the Wild West. Living as she does in the interior of California, that vast and varied state, a country within a country, has its grip on her entire consciousness. She finds it a First World within a First World — and a Third World within a Third World as well. 

Mercer's subjects are young, beautiful, tragic and playful, and strangely removed from time even as they reflect contemporary stresses and historic memories. While her art echoes the decadence of late-19th century precursors, however, it also looks ahead to a new, perilous age of sensuality, confusion, and encroaching dystopia. In this regard Maya Mercer is less hedonist than oracle, less Salome than Cassandra. Her work is no indulgence; it is a warning."

Peter Frank

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Maya Mercer, The westend girl's blues, Photography

Maya Mercer

The westend girl's blues, 2015
11.4 x 16.1 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$2,170

Maya Mercer, Savior don't pass me by, Photography

Maya Mercer

Savior don't pass me by, 2015
11.4 x 16.1 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$2,170

Maya Mercer, Shoot me, Photography

Maya Mercer

Shoot me, 2015
11.4 x 16.1 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$2,170

Maya Mercer, I ain't got nobody, Photography

Maya Mercer

I ain't got nobody, 2015
11.4 x 14.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$2,170

Maya Mercer, Sutter Buttes indian massacre 1846, Photography

Maya Mercer

Sutter Buttes indian massacre 1846, 2019
29.1 x 52.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$6,943

Maya Mercer, In deep-red white America, the Christian god is king, Photography

Maya Mercer

In deep-red white America, the Christian god is king, 2019
39 x 52.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$6,943

Maya Mercer, Mercury River, Photography

Maya Mercer

Mercury River, 2019
19.3 x 34.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$4,194

Maya Mercer, The Weight of Dust, part 2, Photography

Maya Mercer

The Weight of Dust, part 2, 2019
25.2 x 38.2 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$4,918

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