Original Art

Merle Axelrad's collages are created from thousands of tiny pieces of fabric. Fragments of woven color and texture are carefully arranged, layered, pinned and sewn together. In these fabric collages, a subject is distilled to its essence. To this end each piece of fabric is carefully selected to make its individual contribution.

Although many of her subjects are recognizable as real places or subjects, she approaches the various elements as abstract forms.  Rocks, hills, and branches - these serve as supporting actors, but the real stars are light and movement. Light creates shadows and reveals forms. The arrangement of these forms leads viewers through the image and creates movement.

The majority of Ms. Axelrad's artwork is commissioned. The pieces shown here are the only original collages currently available.

If you wish to discuss a commission, please contact the artist.



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Branch: Stretch<p> <h8>Original Collage</h8>

Branch: Stretch

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Branch: Stretch Original sewn fabric collage 24' x 30" Despite clearly representing a branch, this piece also presents itself as an abstract image...

Branch: U-Turn<p> <h8>Original Collage</h8>

Branch: U-Turn

Original Collage

Branch: U-Turn Original sewn fabric collage 24" x 30" Despite clearly representing a branch, this piece also presents itself as an abstract image...

Mission Column<p> <h8>Original Collage</h8>

Mission Column

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Original Sewn Fabric Collage 16" x 12" This collage was the first architectural element I used as a collage subject.  It is the precursor to much larger works, Mission Espada and Mission San Jose. Because of the small size of this original, the threads and textures are unusually apparent...

Reflections<p> <h8>Original Collage</h8>

Reflections

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Original Sewn Fabric Collage 23" X 30" Despite clearly representing water, this piece also presents itself as an abstract image...

River 4<p> <h8>Original Collage</h8>

River 4

Original Collage

Original Sewn Fabric Collage 36" x 54" This is a studio piece and explores one of my favorite subjects - rocks and water. I’m fascinated by the three worlds that can come together at one time - the above-water world, the rocks below the water, and the reflections...

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