November 20, 2003
Studio Sylvie Proidl
A-1070 Vienna, Austria
This year, the WINTERSALON 03 once again took place at its traditional
late November time slot. Three artists were again represented: Ingrid
Süschetz, a painter from Lower Austria, Gabriella Trummer, a ceramicist
from Burgenland, and the hosting artist Sylvie Proidl, a visual artist
from Vienna. This trio combined forces and showed their differing
approaches to the topic "hot love". The idea was to convey sentiment
and passion in the gray and cold season. District councilor Madeleine
Reiser emceed the opening ceremony and addressed issues of cultural
politics in the Neubau District.
The accordionist Jovica Djordjevic played tango music to round off
the overall performance and underline the evening's theme.
Sylvie Proidl presented a selection of paintings that deviated from her
rainforest focus and dealt figuratively with the concept "Wallpaper for Gals".
This was inspired by a MoMA statement that "5% of the pictures in the museum
are painted by women, but 85% of the naked models are female". After researching
the issue, the artist determined that pin-ups geared to the female audience
were practically non-existent.
Ingrid Süschetz dealt with the highly variable dimensions of light. Her
paintings very dynamically convey the power, variety and fascination of
light onto the paper, canvas and hardboard surfaces. The artist often
selects a triangular format - a difficult undertaking, but one with a
very powerful effect.
Gabriella Trummer notes: "It was young love that gave me the strength,
as a 20-year-old, to pursue a career as an independent ceramicist. And
this very same love deep in my heart continues to inspire me today. In my
work I attempt to find a balance between holding on and letting go, between
the possible and the impossible."