Benjamin Merritt

My work affirms the experience of chronic illness through poetry & printmaking. I make etchings, scraping away & altering the plate to show a history of bodily marks on the final print. I use poetry to highlight the complexity of chronic illness, enriching people’s understanding of chronic illness & disability through metaphor. The labor behind making a print is often unseen & unknown. Those with chronic illnesses are expected to cloak the way their bodies operate in favor of assimilating to the norm - this unseen labor is reenacted in the act of making a print.