Meike Legler

born 1983 Alzenau, Germany

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California


Artist Statement

Coming from a fashion design background, fabrics are to me what paint is for a painter. I use them to create works that are inspired by contradictions, challenging life situations, spirituality, societal beliefs, as well as my German and Italian heritage. Often I start with the title of the piece that comes to my mind by listening to the news, into myself, or to the people I am surrounded by and the title determines the shapes, the colors, and the composition.

The surface of my works, that consists of numerous pieces of different kinds of fabrics sewn together, looks even, smooth, and almost flawless – the hidden backside however is raw and messy – an analogy to the facade we tend to keep up so that all looks good from the outside even if inside of us it looks completely different.

Working with fabrics gives me the feeling of being in control of my medium and it allows me to realise the vision I have of a composition exactly the way I want it to be. There is no room for coincidence as the seams have to fit 100% on top of each other to make the whole piece work. In a world where we cannot foresee or count on anything for sure this control I have gives me ease and confidence.