Faces and New Work: Saskia Pintelon | Saskia Fernando Gallery and Paradise Road Galleries

26 January - 26 February 2012

A singular, sensible way to question the world we live in? A way to ask for forgiveness in a painting?
Embroidering to expunge the hurt Inflicted?
Exorcising one’s own fears ?

Can a painting be an ode to love just like a a song or alternatively a path in a quest for dignity?

Is there a reason for everything or is all random?

 

Saskia Pintelon finds ways to show us her world and her questioning of the world we live in: the world of faits divers; a world of love and violence; intolerance, revenge, of anger and atonement; a world where everything is for sale - even love; a world of frustration and acceptance synthesized in beauty. Summarized in a new series of paintings where the hurt in love is chaos and the apology an exercise of a middle school home economics embroidery assignment. The cloth speaks of frustration, the circles embroidered act like speech balloons, expressing thoughts with empty balloons to be filled in by the viewer. One feels a newfound freedom in the composition and technique. This series of paintings is the succession of the ‘Getting to the Heart’ series and yet is a new series in itself. Pintelon confronts, provokes and manages to give us questions and answers without judgement. Paintings that leave us with dark and light reminders of the dense multitudes that comprise the modern world and the primitive emotions and actions of man in it. Can we go from shock to relaxation in our quest to open boundaries? Is there an end to it all? Is love the answer? Is death?

 

Solace it seems, can be found in art, in the art of Saskia Pintelon.

 

Isolde Pringiers January 2012

 

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