Worlds Collide is informed by Merrill Steiger's belief that there is a cosmic energy permeating everything, whether it be a rock, an amoeba, or a galaxy. By juxtaposing the sacred art of diverse cultures with scientific imagery including magnified views of cells, geologic structures and stars, the exhibition explores the ostensible dualities of science and religion, nature and culture, and the macrocosmic and the microcosmic. The visual collision of the contrasting realms of science and religion asks whether there is an inevitable conflict between the two or if they are actually connected on a deeper level. Worlds Collide offers viewers a new perspective on humanity, putting into visual terms the ever-changing universe and the evolution of human consciousness.
Merrill Steiger has her BFA in painting from Lehman College in New York City. She has exhibited her work across the United States in solo and group exhibitions at museums, college and university galleries, art centers, and commercial galleries. Her work is included in public and corporate collections. Steiger lives and maintains a studio in New York City and Woodstock, New York.