Merrill Steiger

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Redemption, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 120"
A Way Out, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 144"
In the Valley of the Rock Gods, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 60"
God's Portal, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 60"
Time Travel, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48"
Artist's Statement

The perception of universal continuity that Steiger reveals takes on a sharply focused, phantasmagoric intensity in her highly graphic, almost pop images. Form is simplified and stylized, color is almost hallucinatory in its saturation, organic life assumes a kind of decorative splendor. We have a sense that in this vision, joy, clarity, and wholeness are not far-off ideals, but the natural state of all things. They are highly personal, yet share a kinship with a variety of aesthetic sources. While never directly quoting their origins, they seem to echo with a range of styles: Aboriginal Australian art, Indian tantric motifs, biological diagrams, 20th century painting, 1950s modernist design, and 1960s cartoon imagery. Part of the strength of this work is that, like its subsuming of orders of magnitude, it gathers into itself all of these diverse sources and makes something new.


Steiger began her new series, Worlds Collide, in 2009. This year she has two solo exhibitions at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michgan and Barrett Art Gallery at Utica College, Utica, New York. In 2011, her work will be part of a solo exhibition at the LaGuardia Galleries of Fine Art in Long Island City, New York. She received the Diane Alexander Memorial Award from the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, and her work is in the permanent collection in the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, and in a number of corporate and private collections.

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