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Artist Statement of Ethan Mertz

For as long as I can recall I have always been very interested in the architecture that is in all things, whether it be the human body and face, or the structure of a skyline. All of my work incorporates these structured elements in one way or another. However, this architecture I am portraying is not the kind found in blueprints for a new shopping mall, this architecture is straight from my interpretation of life and its surroundings.

I believe it is vain to believe one is invincible, and being an artist is one of the most vain professions one can have, so I suppose I am in the right position to convey this idea to others. All things come to an end, and my work displays that in a sort of apocalyptic nature. All great Empires
and civilizations have fallen throughout history, just as the human life abruptly comes to an end at death.

My goal is to structure this apocalyptic idealism into an architectural format to make it seem more apparent to the viewer. Thousands of tiny details come together to form a greater picture of the reality of the final fall. I want to show this idea with many formats, whether it be landscape or portraiture. All things rise, and all things fall.

I am a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and I graduate in the Spring of 2019.

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