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Meredith Stern

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Meredith Stern
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Born (1976-08-31) August 31, 1976 (age 44)
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Artist, musician, DJ
📆 Years active  1976-present

Meredith Stern (sometimes using the pseudonyms "Merry Death" or "Merry Def") is an artist, musician and DJ living in Providence, Rhode Island.


Stern went to George School for high school. She later graduated from Tulane University in 1998 with a B.F.A. in ceramics. While living in New Orleans, she collaborated with fellow artists Brice White and Icky Apparatus to create Nowe Miasto, a do-it-yourself warehouse space that has since hosted hundreds of bands and workshops. While living in New Orleans, she wrote several zines, including Mine: An Anthology of Women's Choices and Mine: An Anthology of Reproductive Choices, and published several issues of a personal zine called Crude Noise.[1]

In 2003 Stern moved to Providence, Rhode Island. She spent several years working as the Program Director for AS220. She is a linoleum block printer and a member of the Justseeds Artist Cooperative. In 2006 she co-curated (with Pippi Zornoza) the "Pocket Change" printmaking show at AS220 featuring 15 contemporary printmakers. Artists included: Jo Dery, Mike Taylor, Neil Burke, Xander Marro, Kenn Speiser, Pippi Zornoza, Jenny Nichols, Cybele Collins, Meredith Stern, Alec Thibodeau, Kasey Henneman, Shawn Gilheeney, Brian Chippendale and Katie Truskoski. Also in 2006, Meredith and Erik Ruin collaborated on "Rude Awakenings" a two-person art show at Art of This Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stern also orchestrated the chapter “Subversive Multiples: A Conversation between contemporary printmakers” on radical printmakers in the Josh MacPhee – Erik Ruin book Realizing the Impossible:Art Against Authority (AK Press, 2007).

In 2008 Stern curated Sustainability, a printmaking show of local RI printmakers and Justseeds members.

Her first band was called the Foreheads and featured Alec (Icky) Dunn on Tuba, and Stella Schumaker on guitar. In 2001 they released a split 7" on Raw Sugar Records with Nazis From Mars. In 2002 she played music with Deanna Hitchcock in a band called The Accident. In 2003 she played in a short lived band with Adee Roberson (of the band New Bloods) and Lacey and Billy in a band called Blood Truck. From 2007 to 2008 she played drums in the band Teenage Waistband with Jo Dery (artist) who sang, Mikey Stoltz (bass) formerly from the band Reactionary 3, and Kate Gronner (formerly of the band The Coughs). They released 2 cassette tapes. From 2008-2009 she played drums in Chastity Wig, with Mike Stoltz, and Robert Pickle (of the band Sexy Prison).

As of 2009 she plays music in a new feminist identified music project called Whore Paint with Reba Mitchell (of Made In Mexico) and Hilary Jones (of Sweetthieves and Arcing). The band was interviewed in 2013 by Jaime Lowe for Bust (magazine).[2] Whore Paint was mentioned as a notable band in the December 24, 2013 issue of the Providence Phoenix in an article titled "Reeling through 2013." [3] They also spoke at a panel at Wesleyan University in 2013.[4] In 2013 Whore Paint released a full-length LP on Load Records and a music video directed by Peter Glantz.

In 2012 she coordinated a print portfolio project called "This is an Emergency!" The project combines visual images and intergenerational essays. Over 2 dozen people collaborated to create work about gender justice. This portfolio is now in University archives around North America including the Sarah Doyle Women's Center at Brown University, Keene State College, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and many others.

She had a solo show of prints and collages at the Morning Glory Coffeehouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in February 2009. Her first solo show in Providence, RI was in April 2014 and was titled, "Generations | 8 Chapters Blooming" which featured a series of large collages and porcelain platters. The show was featured in the April 10, 2014 edition of the Providence Journal in an article titled, "Politics, Activism, and Cool Cats." [5] The work was also reviewed by Greg Cook for the Providence Phoenix in an extended article about her and the work titled, "Personal Politics." [6]

In March 2009 and May 2013 she collaborated with other members of the Justseeds Artist Cooperative on an art installation at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. In 2012 she was part of the installation of the Justseeds "Agit-Prop and Intervention" show in Berlin, Germany. In 2011 she was part of installing "Refuge" at Gallery Alkatraz in the 29th Graphics Biennial in Slovenia. In July 2008 she collaborated on a Justseeds installation titled "Out of the Shell of the Old" at Space1026 in Philadelphia, Pa.

In February 2020 she had a solo show of printmaking and ceramic work at the AS220 Project Space in Providence, Rhode Island. It included 20 relief prints in her "Cooperation Cats" Series and the 32 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She also collaborated with her 4 year old child on several ceramic mugs and teapots. [7]

She has done radio shows sporadically for over ten years. While living in New Orleans she spun on the World Of Punk radio show. She also had a show called Listening Party on BSR radio.

Her work is in the permanent collection of Book Arts at the MOMA and the Library of Congress. Meredith has received project grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Rhode Island Foundation, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and Choice USA. She received the RISCA Merit Fellowship in Drawing and Printmaking in 2017 and the RISCa Fellowship in Drawing and Printmaking in 2019.[8]

Meredith has been a vegetarian since 1991 and a vegan since 1994.

She currently lives in Rhode Island with her partner, film and theater director Peter Glantz.

Her work has been published in several poster collection books, most recently including "Green Patriot Posters: Images for a New Activism" edited by Dmitri Siegel and Edward Morris [2010], Metropolis Books, and "Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution" edited by Josh MacPhee, the Feminist Press [2010]. She was interviewed in 2011 by "The Art Of Dismantling."

She has spoken at several colleges including Keene State College with Sue Coe [9] at Wesleyan University [10] and at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.[11] In 2013 Meredith presented an artist talk on the Brown University campus entitled "Hear Us Roar! Surviving Contemporary Patriarchy Through Subversive Creation."[12] The July 7, 2013 issue of the Providence Journal discussed her upcoming artist talk at the RISD Museum titled, "Getting Dirt Under Your Nails" as part of the Locally Made Exhibit.[13]

Artistic Style[edit]

Meredith Stern is a feminist artist and curator who uses linoleum block prints and print collages as her primary medium. Her work uses an "intersectional feminist interruption" which she describes as a way "to create a path towards gender equality that operates beyond binaries, that specifically addresses the intersections of domination and discrimination between various forms of oppression. This framework depends on us working collectively and actively to shift our thinking, our institutions, our society and our culture."[14] Her artistic influences include Elizabeth Catlett, Yayoi Kusama, and Wangechi Mutu, as well as the artistic movements of German Expressionism, Russian Constructivism, and Dada. She often uses cats as the characters within her prints so the viewer can "allow themselves to be transported into the activities being presented in a fantastical and playful way." [15]

Representation in other media[edit]

She is featured in a documentary called "RI Art Archive Project: Female Forces: Women in RI Art" released in 2016 which features a dozen Rhode Island women artists and archivists.[16] She is featured as an artist in Dr. Joseph Chazan's NetWorks 2016 documentary project of Rhode Island artists which screened on Rhode Island PBS.[17] Her work has been used as set dressing in several tv shows and movies including the 2014 remake of Annie, the 2018 film Can You Ever Forgive Me? And in an upcoming film featuring Pete Davidson and directed by Judd Apatow called The King of Staten Island.[18]


  1. "Contact/Bio « Meredith Stern". www.meredithstern.org. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  2. "'Whore Paint' Wants to Be Your Joey Ramone". Bust.com. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  3. "Reeling through 2013 - Music Features". Providence.thephoenix.com. 2013-12-24. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Conversation about Music, Feminism and Cultural Production with Whore Paint". Wesleying. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  5. "Politics, Activism, and Cool Cats". The Providence Journal. 2014-04-10.
  6. "Personal Politics". The Providence Phoenix. 2014-04-23. Archived from the original on 2014-05-14. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. https://gregcookland.com/wonderland/2020/02/09/meredith-stern/
  8. "Contact/Bio « Meredith Stern". Meredithstern.org. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  9. ""On Common Conscience" Activist Artists Exhibition Opening Reception including Sue Coe and Meredith Stern of Justseeds – Keene State College Symposium 2013". Sites.keene.edu. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  10. "WesLive: Wesleyan's Community Blog » Blog Archive". Community.blogs.wesleyan.edu. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  11. "Art+Activism@NSCAD | Halifax, Nova Scotia". Artandactivismatnscad.com. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  12. "Artist Talk with Meredith Stern: "Hear Us Roar!: Surviving Contemporary Patriarchy through Subversive Creation" | Public Humanities". Blackboard.brown.edu. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  13. Bill Van Siclen (2013-07-07). "RISD exhibit displays 'Locally Made,' survey of contemporary R.I. art | Entertainment - Music, Theater, TV & more". Providence Journal. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  14. "Craft In Time « Meredith Stern". www.meredithstern.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  15. "A succinct cultural analysis of the use of cats in representing social change « Meredith Stern". www.meredithstern.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  16. "Screening: RI Art Archive Project". Events – RISD MUSEUM. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  17. http://www.ripbs.org/blogs/bird-wire/2016/12/15/all-new-networks-2016-provides-artist-profiles-premiering-in-december
  18. https://justseeds.org/artist/meredithstern/

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