You Are The Myth
You Are The Myth is an art exhibition by artist Watson Mere. The collection presents a body of work that the artist has been building since 2021. The concept behind these works was to create a fusion between modern black diasporic themes and cultures and combine them with ancient mythological stories ranging from Biblical tales, and Egyptian mythology, to Yoruba Orisha legend and more. Mere’s vision for the exhibition was to create a meeting ground where these two worlds can tell a griot-like story to the viewer, translating stories of the past, creating dialogue about the present, and presenting prophecies of the future.
Each piece presents a concept that explores the notion that the moral and lessons within these “myths” not only exist within the macro of modern black culture but also within the micro-fine details and themes in our everyday lives.
About the Artist
Watson Mere has been an exhibiting artist for the past seven years. Mere’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and venues, which include the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY; Venice Art Gallery, Venice, Italy; Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn, NY; Norman Rea Gallery, York, United Kingdom, and The Africa Center, Harlem, New York. He has earned various awards including being a recipient of the 2022 Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts Studio Program, a 2021 New Futures recipient from The Other Art Fair, the 2018 Citation of Honor (Arts) from the District Attorney of Kings County, and the 2018 Jean-Michel Basquiat Award from Creole Image Honors. In 2018, C-Suite Quarterly chose Mere as a NextGen 10 in Philanthropy, Art, & Culture. Mere and his work has been featured in publications and television networks such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire Magazine, Artsy, NPR, News 12 New York, Philly Magazine, and more. Mere attended Florida A&M University, receiving a MBA in 2015. He was born and raised in the town of Belle Glade, FL to two immigrant parents from Haiti. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and maintains a studio at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in Times Square, Manhattan.