Good Children Gallery

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Valerie George & Micah Mermilliod: STARPRINTS
Opening: Saturday Sept 9, 6 - 9 pm

Exhibition Dates: Sept 9 to Oct 8

Good Children Gallery is excited to present STARPRINTS, an exhibition of photograms and lumen prints by Valerie George and Micah Mermiliod. These lumen prints explore themes of transformation and transcendence, utilizing organic materials of the body and the earth. The exhibition will be on view September 9th – October 8th, 2023. Please join us on Saturday, September 9 from 6-9pm for the opening of STARPRINTS.

George & Mermilliod are artists from Mobile, AL, who work in various media. They find connection through shared conceptual interests and a love of experimental photographic processes.

"Momma was a sunbather, a star gazer, a satellite chaser, a Moon lover, and believed we are all made of starstuff. Bearing witness to the Space Race and Moon landing, she was fascinated by all things space. Upon her death, she donated her body to science and, ultimately, to the art in this exhibition. The photograms on display are created using her ashes and my body to reconfigure our combined forms into celestial ghosts. This body of work is dedicated to the memory of Nelda Grace Brown and her imprint on all the lives she touched." Valerie George

"These lumen print photographs reflect the transformations which see the elements of all living things repurposed and reused in an ongoing cycle of life and death. Using flowers and other symbolic objects, these prints were made using the sun as mediary to affix the images to paper." Micah Mermiliod

Valerie George (she/her) is an artist whose work over the past 20 years has reflected holistically on art and life in the form of installation art, site-specific works, video, performance, sound, sculpture, photography, new media, drawing, collaborative projects, and curatorial practices.

George received her MFA from the University of California, Davis, working closely with mentors Lynn Hershman- Leeson and Mary Lucier. She is a Full Professor of Art at the University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL), Arts Editor of Panhandler Magazine: A Journal of Art and Literature, a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the 309 Punk Project, and a member of Good Children Gallery (New Orleans), she currently resides in Mobile, AL.

Micah Mermilliod (he/him) creates work that often incorporates elements of collage, both in the mediums used and the ideas at play. He is most interested in adaptive changes that humans make, especially in an environment that is rapidly changing due to catalysts such as technology, socioeconomic status, and environmental change. Much of his work from the past few years has explored his experience with quarantine and the new normal which has followed. Mermiliod received his MFA from the University of South Alabama in 2022 in Creative Technologies and Practice, and he currently resides in Mobile, AL, where he works as a curator for the Alabama Contemporary Art Center.