Stella Meris

Stella Meris (*1990) is a painter and multimedia artist from Basel, Switzerland. They studied at the Berlin University of the Arts and at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. In 2019, they graduated as a master student with Prof. Valérie Favre. Stella Meris has shown their works, performances and video works in solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland and beyond. They won the first prize of the Milan Mobile Film Festival (2018), the sponsorship award of the Maurer-Billeter Foundation (2020) and are a scholarship holder of the Hans and Charlotte-Krull Foundation (2022).
 
Stella Meris‘ large-format paintings document the experience of meditation and movement. They use strong neon colours and various materials like acrylic, egg tempera, oil pastels, edding, marker and spray to capture a bodily spatiality. They often lay down on the paper and playfully outlines their own silhouette. These shapes resemble the marking of fatal victims. Through the painting process, the anonymous person resurrects and begins to tell a story.
 
Stella Meris chooses elements like eyes, other body parts, teardrops, stairways and architectural forms on top of each other. A sacred space comes into existence. The figure is embedded in it and its inner world bonds with the outside.
 
The involvement with body and space comes from their interest in spiritual phenomenons. While looking for a non-dogmatic approach Stella Meris discovered their corporal sensibility. Meditative practices, consciousness-expanding movements and the focus on their own body perception accompanied the painting process and opened up new spaces. The big format is essential for transforming this experience into painting. The life-sized figures become a real counterpart for the viewer. The strong colours witness their liveliness.