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Jennie Merrell is a London artist. Recent work has focused on etching and chine colle postcards based on photo albums of two sisters who recorded their holidays from 1946 - 1974.

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Painting, Printmaking

Jennifer Merrell’s work focuses on memory and nostalgia. Her post card series is inspired by the photo albums of two sisters, Sybil and Celia Secker. Using a combination of digital print and etching she has combined their holiday photos with images and texts from postcards. From the chilly seafront of Deal-1946 to the colourful sun-soaked Lugano 1971 these postcards evoke not just a sense of how it feels to be on holiday but contain a potted history of the British holiday in the post war years.

Wish You Were Here displays the faux glamour of a Viennese Ballroom recreated in a Butlin’s holiday camp. The monochrome dancers rotate under a canopy of glitter.

If the past is a foreign country here we can view it through rose coloured glasses. Holiday memories can be blurred and adapted to cheer us for the rest of the year.