Assistant Professor in Printmaking, CE Faculty
MFA San Francisco Art Institute BA Point Loma Nazarene College
Artistic Activities: C3Initiative with Pulp and Deckle (2015), Signal Fire: Unwalking the West (2016), ‘Some Assembly’ Project with Mary Krell, University of Sussex (2017-2018), WSU-Vancuouver PRINT NOW! PNCAFaculty Group Show(2017), WSU-Pullman SIGNAL FIRE Group Show (2017), Caldera Residency (2018)
Palmarin Merges is an artist whose work draws from the desire to become more sustainable by re-using materials close at hand and by adapting restriction as a generative force for creation. Working primarily in mixed media, printmaking, and painting, common materials formed from the fabric of her daily life are processed then transformed into new work. Hopefully descended from mighty Filipino head-hunters and raised in Hawaii and California and spending considerable time in Japan, she incorporates the rich visual languages of her experiences with the inspiration of the natural beauty of her adopted home state of Oregon.
Palmarin has taught Relief Printmaking, both Japanese & Western styles, Collagraph, Screen and occasionally Lithography, Monotype and Intro to Drawing at a variety of colleges and local organizations including Pacific Northwest College of Art, Marylhurst University, Pacific University, the Multnomah Arts Center and Atelier Meridian. She is currently a member of Blackfish Gallery located in downtown Portland.
She has exhibited in Japan, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. She can be found wandering her neighborhood with her dog Barney looking for magic & inspiration to bring back to the studio.