The Miscommunicated Secrets project began with obsessive tendencies—the need to make new things based on un-photographable feelings. Sometimes words are not enough, and often, an exclamation mark does not possess the weight or dimension to come close to the sharp sense it represents. These pieces are daydreams combined with real-life experiences assembled to depict emotions that cannot be expressed in sentence form alone.
Mercedes Jelinek is an American artist working in Italy and NYC. Her curiosity about the variety of humanity drives the visual narratives in her work. The resulting projects reflect the personal connection and collaboration she has made with her subjects. Mercedes most recent work revolves around ideas of community, identity, and redefined purpose. Mercedes holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from Louisiana State University. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Louisiana; the Hinson Art Museum, Gaston County Museum, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and the Cassilhaus Gallery in North Carolina; SoHo Photo Gallery, Cuchifritos Gallery, Littlefield Gallery, and Gallery MC in New York; Page Bond Gallery in Virginia; the Satellite Art Show at Art Basal Miami; 30- under-30 Exhibition at Vermont Center for Photography; MPLS Photo Center in Minnesota; Midwest Center for Photography Exhibition at the Center Gallery in Kentucky; among others. In addition, Mercedes’ publications have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Library of Congress, Aperture Foundation, and the Getty Institute collections. She is also on the board of Blue Sky Gallery in Portland.
The variety of humanity drives the visual narratives in Mercedes’ work. The resulting projects reflect the personal connection and collaboration she has made with her subjects. Mercedes’ most recent work revolves around ideas of community, identity, and redefined purpose.