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.