The reoccurring theme of Tipi Thieves is drawn from Merida’s early and continuing fascination with Native American culture, old western films, and the all to familiar game of Cowboys vs. Indians. Merida uses inks and watercolors to reflect aged and weathered skin of old chiefs, hunters, and survivors. Vivid color is employed in the more graphic elements of the work in order to keep the shape and pattern simple and authentic. The laborious duality of pen and ink drawing allows Merida to mould his ideas and images through the direction of the line. New additions to the body of work are three-dimensional Tee Pees. The miniature versions of life size Tee Pees have been constructed using traditional materials and techniques. For Merida the Tee Pees are canvases to explore and communicate symbols and motifs as Native Americans once crafted. Each one is an individual and unique piece of art, and of course, a safe haven. This will be the first ever exhibition of Merida’s work in New York City.