Baby Shoes, 2019, Ink on Paper, Colored Pencil, Decorative Paper, 45 x 12 1/2 inches.
Merendino's work expresses her belief that we only see glimpses of what is going on around us and rarely have a full understanding of any situation or feeling. For Merendino, this fragmented view is best expressed through layers and sections. The vertical format allows her to suggest these multiple and simultaneous perspectives in different areas of one piece.
Merendino likes the tension between the tight control and hard edges of cut paper against the loose and open flow of the ink. This contrast satisfies her personal need for quiet containment, while allowing for surprise, risk, and freedom.
She first traveled to Japan as a college student to study ceramics and in 1982 had a solo exhibition of her ceramic work and ink paintings in Tokyo. Since then Merendino has returned to Japan multiple times to study calligraphy and learn the traditional "urauchi" scroll mounting techniques that she uses in her work.
Janice Merendino is a professional artist, retired college professor, teaching artists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and one of five founders of The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. In 1998, Merendino founded The Branch Out Project to design drawing and problem-solving workshops for major corporations, government agencies, community groups and schools. Along with her work with The Branch Out Project, she designs and teaches art workshops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a variety of audiences including adults with disabilities, Veterans and people with Parkinson's disease.