Ged Merino collects objects either discarded incidentally or intentionally. Living in New York City nearly half of his lifetime, Merino accumulated things and objects reminiscent of home. A realization came to him after spending several years in Manila working on projects, triggering an immediate reconnection with his roots and culture – most strikingly, the contrast of poverty versus waste. Fascinated by questions of why we buy and hold on to things, while some are thrown away – discarded materials eventually became his focus. Currently, he uses personal belongings and objects discarded by other people as his subject matter and repurposing materials into his artistic process.

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