R. Mertens is an amateur historian, internet theorist, and film fanatic. His interests connect spiritualism, occult, conspiracies and scientific visual language. He also moonlights as an artist, curator and educator living in Virginia. His work revolves around the intersections between technology, religion, science and myth. These pieces combine new media with traditional fibers craft and culminate in performances, installations and powered sculptures. Mertens has previously been the director and founder of the Modular Project Space artist residency in Virginia, the 543 Artist Residency and Le Toilette Gallery in Oregon and the Weaving Room Recording Studio in Chicago IL. Currently, he is the director of the Fiber Art Department and an associate faculty member at James Madison University in Virginia and the co-owner of Toothmark Studios.
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