Merle Spandorfer's new work consists of mixed media monotypes combining her handmade paper pieces with painting, drawing, collage and laser printing. The essence of her new work is an expression of the passage of time. She quotes P.B. Shelley," Time is our consciousness of the succession of ideas in our mind." She believes that the secret of life is to appreciate and enjoy the passage of time. The flower, a metaphor for her concept, is shown as buds, in full bloom and even withered and dried. This transition, to the artist, has beauty as energy in time and space.
Spandorfer has exhibited in 30 one-person shows and more than 200 group exhibitions in museums, universities and galleries in Europe, Asia and major U.S. cities. She has taught at the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Pratt Institute, Cheltenham Center for the Arts and has lectured at various institutions including the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in China. Spandorfer has received numerous prizes including the Pennsylvania Education Association Outstanding Art Educator Award and is co-author of the book Making Art Safely published by Van Nostrand Reinhold.