Artist in Residence – Winter of 2022
Photo by Grace Roselli
Murjoni Merriweather is a sculptor based in Baltimore, MD. Murjoni’s work serves as mirrors for the Black community as a way to celebrate African-American art, culture, and style. It’s also a way to see Black people in art and as art.
Graduating with a B.A. in Ceramics and Film from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Murjoni uses clay to press firmly against European beauty standards by creating striking, life-size sculptures based on Black people and their lived experiences. Her work addresses and eliminates stereotypes through clay portraits. With this, she enjoys centering the beauty and nuances of Black life, and normalizing what is natural about Black bodies; loving and accepting them as they come. Through the artwork, connections and reflections with herself and others based on shared experiences, Murjoni plans to continue eliminating stereotypes and prejudices while uplifting the Black community.
Follow Murjoni on Instagram: @mvrjoni