Jeffrey Meris is an artist born in Haiti and raised in the Bahamas. Meris’s work considers the impacts of naturalization, (dis)placement, and racial interpellation while considering transcendence. His work disturbs the notion of geographically-based identity and investigates spaces where presupposed structures of that identity fail both the individual and the collective. Central to Meris’s complicated relationship with state and states is his interest in the subversion of the understanding of the interdependency of space and place. Meris holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2019, a BFA in Sculpture from Temple University in 2015, and an AA in Arts and Crafts from the College of The Bahamas in 2012. Meris is a Harry C. Moore Lyford Cay Foundation Scholar and an alumnus of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2019, among other residencies. He has shown at the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, NY; the Jewish Museum, NY; Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany; Leroy Neiman Gallery, NY; and the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, amongst others.