Merritt Johnson on her work
Artist Merritt Johnson on her work. Bonus video from the STORYTELLERS episode. Archival images courtesy of Merritt Johnson.
One side is the outside and one side is inside so look at that. We're gonna
start at the bottom and you're gonna go around and around and around right.
So this piece it's a basket woven in the shape of a mouth guard
the basketworks revolve around, in part the collision of technologies.
The first basket I did was a life-size ak-47 that was woven in the same kind of
stitch that's a coiled basket and that piece was really about things that have to do with survival
and technology and what happens when our technologies and oftentimes like our oldest
technologies that have been you know useful and really important for a very long time
are no longer valued in a new circumstance and that often happens with collisions of culture
or very different world views. That piece doesn't function as a basket to hold anything
physical but also doesn't function as a gun and what it really functions as a container for ideas.
I've done a number of different kinds of baskets that are not conventional
baskets in the sense that they don't hold berries but they hold ideas and
become another kind of container you're doing a really good job though honey. Thanks.
Mouth guard is something that's worn by people who are putting their bodies in situations where they
can be harmed and so thinking about that along the lines of what it means to exist in the world and