If you haven't checked out Mel Kadel's latest exhibit at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, make sure to put it on your 'to do' list. Her whimsical female figures surrounded by intricate quilt like patterns are a visual delight. Mel uses coffee-stained paper, micron .005 pens, hand mixed ink wash, pencil, and blades to create carefully detailed and layered drawings of childlike characters exploring, opening up, and overcoming peril with fierce determination. Thick layers of hand cut paper are carefully collaged within each scene, making her work delicate and dimensional, patterned and precise, with foregrounds, middle grounds, and backgrounds reminiscent of 1950’s engravings.
Suspended somewhere between imagination and reality, Mel sets her characters in surreal landscapes where suns are made of flowers, horses are created from quilts, and rivers are formed from girls' tears. As an added bonus, a chandelier designed in her signature flower pattern hangs in the center of the Squared Gallery for all to enjoy. Hurry over to the gallery. Show runs until March 5th.