LIMITED EDITION PRINTS ON METAL (ORIGINALS MADE WITH TEXTILES)
I create landscapes made from thousands of tiny pieces of fabric. Fragments of woven color and texture are carefully arranged, layered, pinned and sewn together. Rocks, hills, and branches - these serve as supporting actors, but the real stars are light and movement. The arrangement of these forms leads viewers through the image and creates movement. Rocks above the water disappear at the water line. Caught between these two worlds, one above the water and one below, is the world of reflections. Sometimes the light is just right, and we can see all three worlds at once.
Merle Axelrad's fabric collages
are in numerous public, corporate, and private collections including those of the Ritz-Carlton, Kaiser Permanente, the University of California at Davis Medical Center, and the California Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, her work has been featured in exhibitions at museums and galleries, including the Dennos Art Museum in Traverse City, Michigan; the California State Museum in Sacramento; and Entrée Libre in New York City.