After finishing her degree in neuropsychology, Merel Ellen decided to change direction and concentrate on the visual arts. Starting with interior architecture at art school, she gradually moved more and more towards painting and drawing. By now she works fulltime as an artist. Still studying human behavior, relationships and the environment, but now from a very different perspective.
Statement about work:
In her work Merel Ellen embraces the fearless look in the mirror and shows us the nightmare-like landscape of her interior life. Dependencies, fears, addictions, anger and loneliness, she shows it all without holding back.
In the works presented here the role of the mother is symbolized by a watertower or silo, a large container that feeds us. Merel questions what the role of motherhood is, how we are depending on it, but also how the archetype of a mother might be overly objectified.
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