Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life

Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life

Start date

Friday, November 2, 2018, 10:00am

End date

Friday, January 19, 2018, 5:00pm


141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

When Merryll Saylan began turning in the 1970s, Saylan was one of few women in the craft field. While her contemporaries gravitated toward furniture-making and the use of exotic woods, Saylan, who came from a background in modern and contemporary design, focused on surface, using wood as a blank canvas for compositions in color and texture. Her experiments with stains, pigments, texture, and auto body finishes represented a new approach in the field, with connections to abstract painting.

Guest curator Glenn Adamson writes that Saylan’s work draws “sometimes humorously, sometimes poignantly from the world of everyday things…. her objects dwell right in that interesting space between unremarkable normalcy and aesthetic transcendence, which we all inhabit all the time.”