Margi Geerlinks – CRAFTING HUMANITY
Opening: March 23, 2006 at 7 pm.
Dates: March 24 – May 5, 2006
Location: Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin
“I never get fed up with looking at the images. I can honestly say that of all the things I’ve collected in my life, nothing has endeared me more than collecting photography”. (Elton John)
The Dutch Artist Margi Geerlinks, whose work is also included in the Elton John Collection, amongst others, will be exhibiting her work from the ‘Crafting Humanity’ Series as from 23 March 2006 at the Gallery Caprice Horn.
The engagement of applied medical imagery in the arts has come as a response to the recent development of specialised visualisation techniques. The technical and abstract methods have provoked, especially among artists, a concern about the body and have raised issues about class, gender and identity. It is obvious that the tools we use to represent ourselves also affect our perception of ourselves as human beings. According to the critic Cecilia Andersson, Margi Geerlinks too, is involved with her work in the idea of emerging identities. In her photographic work she blends not only the past with the present, the young with the old, she also displays the in-between status of such identities. The viewer is left with the strange impression of timelessness, or perhaps overlapping time, in front of what appears an accurate and credible scenario.
The subject of Geerlinks work is the human body, its creation and ephemeral nature. We encounter a woman knitting a baby, another embroidering a human ear, a man sewing a young boy with a sewing machine and a girl crocheting her own breasts. The manual work of knitting, embroidery and sewing brings us directly into the female realm. Even though her work alludes to the general presence of scientific manipulation, Geerlinks is suggesting that there is no cause for alarm. The viewer is presented with a sensation of discovery, fascination and calm. It all seems normal. Her work portrays universal emotions, the desire to grow up, the sadness, nostalgia that comes with confronting ones own aging body. In one portrait an old woman powders herself young again.
“Longing forward as opposed to longing backwards was a natural step” is how the artist explains the work of “Young Girl” where a girl is seen knitting her own future breasts. In another image, Geerlinks portrays a postmenopausal woman feeding a baby. The woman herself is composed of 4 different generations, raising issues about the concept of the individual, as an entity which is solid and undivided. In Pinocchio, the sewing machine is the metaphor for the continuity of life.
Margi Geerlinks born in 1970, studied Fine Arts in Amsterdam and Kampen and took part in a Masters Program at the Sandberg Institute. Her work has been shown from Amsterdam to Brussels and increasingly in the United States. It is part of several public collections and is receiving increasing attention from museums.