Born into a family of artists and musicians, Mer Young’s artistic nature was activated as a child. Young has since created a body of artwork manifested in collages, drawings, paintings, and public artworks. Young’s subject matter focuses on human diversity, a primary source of inspiration which derives from her multi-ethnic background.
Young’s works have been included in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her public art works can be found in the East Village Arts District of Long Beach, CA, in The Sixth and Ninth District of Long Beach, CA, in The City of Glendale, CA, The City of South Pasadena and in the Art District of Los Angeles. She holds Associate Degrees in Fine Arts and Liberal Arts from Long Beach City College and a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Southern California.
The collage works are a part of a collection entitled MEYOUWE (me-you-we) which is an oeuvre that explores beliefs in immigration, supports indigenous and native cultures, and women. It commemorates women who have fought for women’s rights and uplifts those who continue to overcome adversities, barriers, and social discrimination. While schematics of discrimination across the globe remain, the women who carry on rapid efforts to combat and position themselves to gain equality should be acknowledged. This artwork collection aims to inspire, celebrate and elevate women of color, immigrants and indigenous cultures.
The collage works are mixed-media compositions with a variant of black and white photographs of women. The use of mixed-media intends to express emblem to a mixed people. Black and white images of native and indigenous women are sought out and implemented to the works to demonstrate the kaleidoscope of people we are without adhering color. These photographs are found from postcards to magazines and printouts. The background of each piece is hand painted in color with acrylic or watercolor paints. Cut out motifs are arranged and layered with glue. Gold paint is used to display symbolism of illumination, understanding, enlightenment, love, compassion, courage and wisdom. The objective of these collage works is to promote attention of women from different ethnic, cultural backgrounds and dedicated to people who have migrated to other parts of the world for a better life.