The California-series is based on photo’s taken on a recent trip through America. It captures the contrast between carelessness, freedom and happy colors on the one side and solitude and borders on the other. The base of every picture is a print of a photo made by Merel Ellen.
After finishing neuropsychology at the University of Amsterdam Merel Ellen went to art school in the Hague.
She has always used photography as a medium in her artwork. Sometimes as the end-product, sometimes as the starting point.
She focuses on the human interior landscape, starting by exploring her own. She's inspired by traveling, psychology, nature and spiritual theory.