Merel Ellen

Amsterdam based artist Merel Ellen explores the ways we are shaped by our past experiences and current emotional default modes.
Starting point is often the mirror; where she finds herself in her own personal emotional development. Coming from a background in neuropsychology she likes to combine different viewpoints, from scientific to more esoteric. She is currently exploring how we flow from one state of consciousness into another and to what extend we can influence this and how we can do that.
She makes drawings, paintings and uses her own and found photographs in her work.
Merel takes inspiration from travelling, nature, big cities, rituals, photography, literature and spiritual theories and beliefs of different cultures.


Après Un Rêve Noir

We are constantly transforming from one state of consciousness into another. Merel Ellen is seeking ways to explore and express this continuum of change we are subjected to as humans. Do we have control over how we feel and if so how?

Après un Rêve Noir “Après un Rêve Noir”

Acrylic on linnen, 100x140 cm.

The Cloud Reader “The Cloud Reader”

Acrylic on linnen, 100x140 cm

 Influx “ Influx”

Acrylic on canvas, 120x90 cm

L’Origine de la Transformation “L’Origine de la Transformation”

Gouache on paper, 28 x 36 cm
This work is based on the painting L'Origine du monde by Gustave Courbet.
It is about returning to the essence if we want to transform the negative aspects of our lives

Transformator House “Transformator House ”

Acrylic on canvas, 80x120 cm.
To transform an intense and negative emotion we have to go back home and look inwards.


These paintings are inspired by a recent trip through the Sahara and High Atlas mountains of Morocco. Focus is on the landscape and mysterious and fascinating nature of this country.

La Femme qui découvre “La Femme qui découvre ”

Acrylic on canvas, 100x100 cm