Focusing on the exploration of self through the lens of the shadow-self, Mercedes offers insight into human connection and belonging. Through both documentary and portrait photography, Mercedes' work functions as an artistic survey of interpersonal and collective narratives, examining the structure of her biographical journey and the elusive power of being and becoming. In a world of increasingly isolated experiences, she explores the language of intimacy, aiming to evoke a shift toward an understanding of self and others.

Based in Madison, WI, Mercedes specializes in documentary-style events, portraiture, and narrative-driven photographic essays. Most recently, she has worked with film directors as a storyteller, creating photographic essays that capture the making of their films.