About the Artist
Chris Mercier, artist and printmaker, born December 1951, lives and works in Reading, Berkshire (UK). He studied at Berkshire College of Art and Epsom College of Art. He then moved to Italy where he studied violin making in Cremona before working as a craftsman in Venice. He has worked many years in commercial and artists screen
printing studios. As a mature student he studied Fine Art at The University of Reading and is currently studying for an MA in Fine Art printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London. He runs his own art editioning studio making multiples for artists in Reading. He is a member of the RGA and the Printmakers Council.
I describe myself as an artist/printmaker. I frequently use printing processes as a tool for creating art work. The difference between an “artist printmaker” and a “printer” is that the printmaker takes an idea, a thought to the printing machine; whereas the printer is only concerned in producing reproductions of previously created art works. It is possible to see printing technologies as just another tool in the armoury of the artist. I see thought
as the essential instigator of art.
I am intrigued by the device of metonymy used in visual imagery. Add to that the viral image and the virtual image, both companions to the digital age and to the internet. I am very interested in the way a work can exist on two planes, the real and the virtual, existing perhaps in a dormant mode until the virtual unfolds replicates and performs.
A lot of my recent work has focused on the frontier between analogue and digital technologies, the ‘in between’, the ‘in-between-ness’. I have previously described this as “a zone to be explored where print as an artist’s medium can falter or be reborn as it comes up against the digital vehicles of dispersion”.