WHAT DOES IT MEME? is a collection of internet memes that push the boundaries of what one traditionally thinks an “internet meme” is by applying Dadaist-style collage and photomontage with motion animation. Merle Cooper's internet memes go against the grain of artistic and societal norms through cut and paste creations that are absurd, nonsensical, crude, and ugly. Like Dadaism, her memes are “anti-art”.
I am an American graphic designer whose artistic practice involves collage art, print making, and illustration.
I have absolutely no idea where I see myself in 20 years. I am a changeling, constantly in flux and life is full of unexpected twists and turns.
Good design is design that challenges and contradicts the collective notion of what good design is. Good design is disruptive and subversive.
The most challenging experience for me, as for most, would be studying abroad and online during the Covid pandemic.
Frankly, going down 3 hour long rabbit holes on the internet is something that gives me a lot of inspiration.
I comb through the internet for inspiration for hours and hours.
My advice would be to create as much as possible. Create work outside of the creative projects that your assigned in school and even if you hate what you are creating, keep going. Do not wait for the perfect idea or concept to come along. The best work comes from obsessive constant creation, I think.
I have become more confident in my artistic practice. I feel that I am becoming closer and closer to finding my authentic voice in visual art and I am so excited for what is to come next for me as an artist.
It has always been my dream to live in Berlin and blossom as a graphic design artist. UE’s communication design program felt like a perfect fit for me in this respect.
I am going to miss interacting with international artists and living in Berlin.
I am going to celebrate by drinking a whole bottle of champagne!