This Place, 23 x 30 inches, pigment print



Familiar elements such as the lawn, manicured and manipulated plants, new buildings mimicking other eras and locations, often reveal a culture of perpetual longing. Elements of our constructed environments simulate, or reference other places and histories acting as evidence of desire. I often mix together real and fake in my work to create images of places and objects that challenge our expectations or reveal the simulacrum in our environments.

My process begins by making thousands of individual photographs while exploring a city or neighborhood. In the studio, I digitally assemble these sources to create photographs and videos of imaginary spaces. Some of the images have some veracity, but more often they suggest a visual hyperbole – an embellished scene circulating around a small detail or object that fascinated me. These composite images function as a metaphor to the ways in which desire and control is physically constructed in the landscape.

The source images for this This Place where shot in locations in the United States and Europe. By combining sources from a wide range of locations, there is no one regional architecture or landscaping that surfaces, rather the photographs echo a placeless location. The photographs of urban space are juxtaposed with images of digitally constructed scenes of foliage and still lifes. These juxtapositions play off one another both formally and conceptually.


Umbrella, 25 x 33 inches, pigment print

Leaves, 43 x 43 inches, pigment print


Leigh Merrill received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Merrill’s work has been a part of exhibitions throughout the United States in venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the diRosa Art Preserve, The Lawndale Art Center, FotoFest International, and the Museum of Texas Tech University. Merrill was a part of the 2011 Fotographia Festival Internazionale di Roma at the Galleria Gallerati in Rome, Italy. Merrill’s work has been included in online and print publications such as the Washington Post, the Design Observer/Places Journal,, BLDGBLOG blog, PaperCity Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle.

Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the City of Phoenix, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and various private collections.

Merrill currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at A&M University-Commerce.


Pink, White, Blue, 23 x 85 inches, 3 panel piece, pigment prints


Feathers, 25 x 28 inches, pigment print


Garden, 43 x 43 inches, pigment print

Pink Corner, 20 x22 inches, pigment print

Tea Cup, 25 x 25 inches, pigment print


Statue, 20 x 22 inches, pigment print


Can’t Get Number Nine, 25 x 28 inches, pigment print

Lawn, 43 x 43 inches, pigment print
Construction Balloons, 25 x 28 inches, archival pigment print