When I first saw pink, I wanted to scream, 2017
Oil on canvas
All of Meru’s paintings are also her self-portraits. “For some time I have been painting situations in my studio relating to my life and myself as if it was a journey; at the same time I have been indirectly discovering how much my childhood and the end of the Soviet era really affected my understanding of beauty and ugliness,” she says, jokingly reminiscing about how back in the old days a pink skipping rope someone sent to the children next door from America gave her a shock. From that emotion this painting was born.