MOTHER, 2012 Embroidery on Tunisian blanket, 200cm x 95cm
Like many women of her generation, Meller is well-versed in sewing and embroidery. Born in Tunisia, she spent her early school years at the French school for girls, where like all girls of her generation, she was taught these “feminine crafts”.
When she turned nine, Daniella and her family emigrated from Tunisia to Israel, settling in a desert town in the southern periphery of the country. She studied nursing, got married, attended art school, but always took solace in sewing and embroidery — activities that connected her to her mother and the women in her family.
Meller, who defines herself as a multimedia artist, combines various art techniques: collage, photography, drawing, painting, printing, sewing and embroidery. Imbued with yearning for her mother, Meller puts embroidery at front and center, and in doing so is linked to a long line of feminist artists who sought to elevate “women’s crafts” into an artistic expression of female experience.
CHILDHOOD MEMORIES #3, 2006 Etching and embroidery on paper, 25cm x 25cm
VEIL, 2008, Mezzotint etching and embroidery on paper, 25cm x 25cm
CHILDHOOD MEMORIES #2, 20006 Etching on paper with embroidery on gauze 25cm x 25cm
BARCODE, 2011 Acrylic paint and embroidery on canvas, 100cm x 70cm
GENERATION, 2015 Collage and embroidery on fabric, 95cm x 85cm
MY SHADOW, 2014, Oil paint and embroidery on canvas, 28cm x 24cm
GENERATION (detail), 2015 Collage and embroidery on fabric
THE CAR ACCIDENT, THE LITTLE GIRL AND A FLOWER, 2012, Acrylic paint and embroidery on canvas, 110cm x 90cm
GENERATION (detail) 2015, Collage and embroidery on fabric