Momument, 2014 • 164 Main Street
Momument represents the foundation for both real and perceived power and the dual role of the servant and master. It’s a fundamental form supporting an elemental structure – a fortress, a family, a community. It is a dedication to the unsung whose identity is often sidelined for the sake of obligation to keep the lintels afloat, the walls from crumbling. This piece is meant to offer a bit of permanence to those at risk of being forgotten – lest we forget that when a column is toppled, the whole house may fall.
Lori Merhige received her BFA in Illustration from School of Visual Arts in 1999. In 2009 she received her MFA in sculpture from CUNY Hunter College and was a recipient of the Tony Smith Award. She lives and works in Beacon, New York.