Ina Loitzl

At the Galleries: Apr. 2010

This month, Kro Art Gallery is featuring something quite scientific. Ina Loitzl has successfully conducted a meticulous microscopic investigation of vital human organs. Her delved scientific studies finally metamorphosed to experimental craftsmanship for she projected the marvels of nature onto man made materials like plastic and textile, thereby exposing the feeble and brittle trusted body parts of the human corpse, like the sexual organs, the lungs, and the heart. Furthermore, her multi-medial makes use of prints and video films in a novel-like way. Ina is by all means an artist, who does not deny her femininity for she does not discourage herself from implementing traditional feminine craftsmanship which give rise to embroidery and crochet.

Ina Loitzl questions various role models, which are attributed to women by society. Her artistic work is a direct reaction to her day-to-day life as an artist, woman and mother, the advertising and fashion world surrounding her, and lastly the appalling effects of cosmetic surgery. She reveals intimacy and individualism through her textile objects and the use of three dimensions, thereby dissolving traditions and conservatism.

As she pictures the naked body, emotions and feelings submerge from our subconscious. Ina’s subjects are aging and youthful bodies equally. She zooms in and delves deep in order to depict the peculiarities of our biology with proximity. The denotation of bodily fluids, menstrual bleeding, excretions, and even birth, are phenomena that are often hidden. Ina’s explorations are biological. Her abstractions are the corner stones of liberation that are delivered via schematization. Ina is enamored with textiles and plastic for they are agile and mellifluous. Textiles serve her well, especially, when depicting organic entities, like skin surface and muscle tissue. The artist sees the body as a cosmos, which is subject to change.

Ina’s playfulness is reflected in her animations and colors. She unveils the human body with the help of textiles and grandiose installments. Her oversized body parts hag from the ceiling very elegantly like pompous drapes. Lobes of lungs, bronchial branches, arteries, hearts, and genitals are embedded in fabric, latex, and plastic as they hang.

The heart is another central organ that is the focus of Ina’s artistry so much so that she conspicuously represents it from all angles. The heart is replete with symbolism, but for a reason. It is the powerhouse of our body, but antithetically, it is also one of the most vulnerable body organs.

Ina also dedicates her graphics, texts, and other creative works to the heart. In the works entitled “To One’s Heart,” and “Coeur” she meditatively engrosses herself into the matters of the heart. She implements cinematic elements, like sounds, furthermore, vibrant crochets. With help of the use of animated drawings and historical stitching, Ina manages to place her subjects into context. For this reason, annotated realism merges with the imaginary. The union of the real, surreal and whimsical may be anachronistic at times, but somehow still relevant and universal.

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