“For me, designing starts with experimenting with material: dipping, heating, melting, stretching, breaking, or freezing the material. I try to transform the tendencies and characteristics of the material and to provoke specific forms. I try to find interesting characteristics and the limits of the material by playing with it. My goal is to control the material but in such a way that it retains its freedom of movement, so the result is always unique”.
In all of her work, it is not possible to fully predict the final product based on the initial parameters. There is an element of surprise in each object and a near impossibility for exact replication. For Meerman, this is the ultimate exploration of the mechanics of natural production as even very similar circumstances can lead to minute variations within constraint. Each flower is slightly different than every other although based on the same set of instructions.
The 3D printed DNA for her objects Aera Fabrica imposes a set of constraints but also an avenue for metamorphosis and variation. Therefore, the pieces created do not lose the connection with the natural processes of the world simply because they have as their midwife, an advanced technology.