I recently discovered the dreamy, swirling artwork of Los Angeles-based artist Mel Kagel and I was immediately drawn to the organic colors, forms and movement of her work, as well as her use of repeated graphic elements and slowly revolving themes of one thing leading into another.
There’s a lot of M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali and other surrealist influences at work here, but oddly, I could find very little biographic information on her. In this case, I’ll use the bio I found on her website, which you should check out after viewing the gallery that follows the jump.
“Mel Kadel is originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. After living in New York for a few years, she moved to Los Angeles where she now resides in a log cabin by the 5 Freeway with her partner, artist Travis Millard. She works using 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.”