Efrat Merin art exhibition St Ives Anima Mundi

Efrat Merin, 'The Other Side of Paradise'

Efrat Mer­in’s The Oth­er Side of Par­adise’ presents retellings of myth­i­cal nar­ra­tives through sgraf­fi­to and cold wax paint­ing techniques.

Efrat Merin works set forth a retelling of mythical narratives. Gorgons, witches, hybrids, and hermaphrodites fuse into an image of subconsciousness. Nakedness is disengaged from sexuality, binaries of femininity and masculinity are transgressed. Female desire, with its long history of being demonised, is unabashedly celebrated; the female gaze regains its power. She uses the sgraffito technique, in which parts of the surface are scratched and removed, thus exposing the layer underneath. The use of cold encaustic paint, readily accepts every mark. Revealing rather than adding, to this archaeological-like process which endows the works with a quality of discovery.


Efrat Merin is a London-based artist. In her work, she makes use of the mythical to contest dominant power structures, celebrating female desires through a queer retelling of mythical narratives. Prominent themes in her work include the performativity of the queer body, the fusion of science and magic, and the environmental crisis as an existential state.

Efrat has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the UK, Europe, and Tel Aviv. Solo shows include ‘Dream. Figure’ at Maya Gallery, Tel Aviv (2020), ‘Anima Mundi’ at Darbyshire Ltd (2023), and ‘Atomic Relations’ at SVA, Stroud (2023). Group exhibitions include shows at venues such as Camden Art Center, Vincent van Gogh Huis Museum, Zundert and Tel Aviv Museum. She graduated from Turps Art School in 2022 and was selected for the Darbyshire Award for Emerging Art. In 2023, she was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries. She has been an artist-in-residence at Frans Masereel Centrum (2022) and Van Gogh Huis Zundert (2023). Efrat is the recipient of several grants and awards, including A-N Artist Bursaries (2023) and the Arts Council England DYCP grant (2024). Her work has been featured in publications such as Floorrr Magazine and ArtMaze Mag.

Please join us to celebrate the opening of two simultaneous exhibitions; 'The Other Side of Paradise' on Floor 3 of the gallery and Judith Nangala Crispin's 'Ascending Beings' on floors 1 & 2 on Friday 7th June, 6.30 - 8pm.
Efrat Merin art exhibition St Ives Anima Mundi