The Heroine’s Journey of Trina Merry

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love that my art has a breath, a heartbeat, & a twinkle in the eye.  It has a special human connection that other art forms struggle to accomplish.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? A challenging question, as happiness is an emotion that happens in small bursting moments & perfection is impossible.  I enjoy messy intimacy and awe-inspiring adventures- those fill my heart with prolonged happiness.
What is my greatest fear? Dying before fully expressing to people I am close to how much they mean to me.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I’m a very honest person and I challenge others to reach their full potential.  Sometimes this comes off as aggressive or intimidating- but I continue on because I need to be honest, true to myself and help others grow and be successful, even if it makes them uncomfortable.  Also, like many New Yorkers, sometimes I have temper flare-ups that pass quickly- not my favorite trait, but it happens.  
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Liu Bolin, Alexa Meade, Emma Cammack, Emma Hack, Riina Laine, Craig Tracy, Yayoi Kusama, Scott & Madeline Fray… so many amazingly talented friends using the body as a surface.
What is my greatest extravagance? I have a teapot from Paris that will warm tea to the exact temperature for that type of tea.  
On what occasion would I lie? Its super rare.  Maybe to get out of serious trouble?  I think I still would tell the truth though.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Collecting money from clients that are past due.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I’m honestly happy almost every day that I paint- especially if we are laughing, dancing together, or discussing amazing ideas.  I don’t look at the past or the future but really enjoy the present to the fullest.
If I could, what would I change about myself? “I wish I was a little bit taller…” 
What is my greatest achievement in work? My natural ability to have others instantly trust me & I love the privilege of leading others.
Where would I most like to live? I really love my life in NYC. I could also see myself living in a little outside the City in nature, in London, Berlin or Japan (Tokyo or Kyoto) or even on Easter Island. 
What is my most treasured possession? I need my laptop, camera, and phone to survive, but I think my most treasured possession is my Echo Dot.  Voice First is really the tech wave of the future and I’m in love with its possibilities.
What is my most marked characteristic? I’m a woman of action- Talk less, make/do more. 
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? There’s so many!  Walking by the Hudson River, taking the Staten Island Ferry, walking through the Park… but my favorite is probably any place that gives me a bird’s eye view of the city.  We are so small and so are our stories and problems- seeing the larger picture and being grateful is crucial in Manhattan.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love brunching with friends at this little vegan bakery in Brooklyn called “Clementine’s”.
What books influenced my life and how? Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, America by Jean Baudrillard, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and White Noise by Don DeLillo have widely shaped the way I see the world.
Who are my favorite writers? I largely read autobiographies and some non-fiction at the moment.  Some of my recent favs include Marina Abramovic, Yayoi Kusama and Gary Vee.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Mozart for most of the day and Michael Jackson right before I die- I’d like to go out dancing.  
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Alice in Wonderland.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My models and my Dad.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Bergman’s Seventh Seal or Cocteau’s Orpheus Trilogy.
What role plays art in my life and work? Art is life and life is art.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My agents, models, family, and assistants- I don’t have just one, I have more like 75-100.  I’m a very lucky woman.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I’m honestly working with my dream team, but if I’m thinking about people I’d love to paint, it would be Thom Yorke, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jeff Goldblum and Amanda Lepore.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Kusama.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I’m going to make some experimental pieces in the next three months & am very excited for that and also going to make a large piece at “Superfine! Art Fair” in NYC in May that will be awesome!
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? The easiest is to schedule a studio visit in NYC if you want some personal attention or to follow me on Instagram if you want a broader scope of my work.  I’m traveling around the world and exhibiting of course, but those are the easiest.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Go hard til you die.  I will never stop making art or deeply loving those closest to me.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Dr. Monica Ganas, Cherri Lakey, & Stacey Bendet.
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