Gerlinde Salentin - In Search for the Daughter of the Holy Family
Photography - Mixed Media - Installation
May 18 - June 30 at OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, Duesseldorf
The Body even in its absence is a central theme in the works of Gerlinde Salentin. Inspired by Journeys to Nepal, Salentin wants to overcome the separation of body and soul and the conflict between intellect and emotions.
In this context the body serves as a medium for organic forms, oriental arabesques combined with symbolic and mystical signs. Architectural drawings painted on skin evoke the picture of a shell to be carefully safeguarded, of a home with guardians.
In the works of Gerlinde Salentin, the Daughter of the Holy Family, suppressed by the bible, reinvents her own her-story by unmasking the traditional , creating new enigmatic symbols and using her own body. Shielded by the waxen breast, opened like an umbrella – at the same time self confident protection and erotical luration – she creates a genuine symbolic order for the fragile house of art by incessantly creating new constellations.
Dr. Inken Steen