Erika Meriaux


Orpheus was ordered not to look back, yet could not comply when overwhelmed with the beauty of the sun. Once you read the title of Erika Meriaux’s classic myth series you can only eagerly turn to share. Born in France and studying at L'École Supérieure d'Art et de Design de Valenciennes, Meriaux focused initially on human figures. This led to group shows and solo exhibitions in Lille, France and Brussels,Belgium. Her studies then turned to psychology at The Charles de Gaulle University – Lille III. In 2000 she moved to the bay area with her family and went back to creating art. 
 
Inspired by the 22 major Arcana of the Tarot of Marseille, intrigued more by its history and it’s visual grammar than its divinatory purpose, Meriux created a Tarot series. This curiosity led her to a new interest in Greek Mythology.
 
This new series, shared here, are her depiction of Greek myths with a contemporary setting. Meriaux believes, “Mythology encompasses so many subjects that it gratifies curiosity and eclecticism. Finding there, a medium that evokes a panoply of topics, including: love, sex, violence, greed, jealousy, beauty, ugliness, nature... in other words, everything! All the details of human nature and the human condition enclosed in its stories, it gives the opportunity to explore a large field of subjects while at the same time enabling to keep focus on a unique body of work.”