Mel Kadel‘s art is alot of fun and created with a technique she sometimes calls ‘drawing with an eyelash’ – to be honest I haven’t a clue what it means but think it is to do with the underlying pattern of all her work – the idea that we’re all connected to one another, part of a single system whether we know it or not.
What’s wonderful about the work is that her patterns are made up of individually cut pieces, carefully rearranged and glued down – incredibly laborious work that creates a wonderful texture and depth to her pictures. Her characters, or rather character as they all look exactly the same, seem to be perpetually engaged in exhausting activity, pushing, pulling and moving through the rich and colourful patterned landscapes that seamlessly merge with each other. Marvellous stuff.
Here’s what she has to say about the busy character in her pictures:
I think it’s inevitable that I interject myself into the character, so there is a reflection of me, although she doesn’t act as a self portrait. There is a lot of emotional content that I relate to her on, and in a weird way she sort of keeps me in check because she’s such a survivor. So, even though I make up her world, she helps me in return.
Mel Kadel is showing her work at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 South La Brea Avenue, LA from 13th October – 10th November, 2012.
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