LINDA SASKIA MENCZEL
S C U L P T O R
Born in 1972 in Romania, she studied at the Johannesburg Art, Ballet, Drama, and Music School until 1989. Upon returning to Romania she studied sculpture at the Western University Timişoara, from which she later obtained a Ph.D. Summa cum Laude in 2023. Member of the Romanian Union of Fine Arts since 1998. Founding member of the “Dor” artists’ group since 2001.
Selected to represent Romania at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and at the EU Parliament in 2005. Awarded Excellence in Fine Arts awards in 2005, 2009 and 2015.
“I became aware that I have a responsibility for what I release into the world around me.”
Artists used to be educators. For a time in history, they showed visually what few people could know by reading sacred texts. When the artist lost this purpose, he lost his way.
He became a critic, a judge, a journalist, and a rebel, but no longer was art beautiful, positive and educational.
My desire is to take a step back to a time when art was subservient to its spiritual purpose.
25.10.2023 – 25.11.2023
“OPUS 25” marks an artistic career spanning the last quarter of a century, presenting sculptural works from several stages of creation and offers a glimpse into the thematic coherence of the sculptor, who devoted herself thematically to the privileged ontological status of humanity from the Judeo-Christian tradition and to the feeling of reverence before the cosmos. The artist’s themes are a visual answer to the great questions of humanity: where we come from, who we are and what our purpose is.
The event is equally dedicated to Mrs. Ina Cosoroabă, one of the most important Romanian collectors and devoted friend of artists, whom the cultural world lost far too soon.
The Helios Gallery Timisoara is the host of an exhibition event signed by the sculptor Linda-Saskia Menczel, between 11.10.2022-27.10.2022. The exhibition titled CODA brings together 82 pieces, two of which are object pianos, which bring together the author’s interdisciplinary research.
The artworks contain inscriptions and symbols from different fields of human knowledge, from cosmology to particle physics, from the philosophy of nature to theology, from the music of the spheres to polyphonic music.
On 24.10.2022 at 6 p.m., there will be a book launch of Linda-Saskia Menczel-in her own words and the CT Project concert – Coda by the composer and pianist Cári Tibor, who will perform for the first time on an art object, together with the cellist Szabó J. Attila. In the opening, Conf. Univ. Dr. Gabriel Kelemen will take the floor.
Inscriptions and symbols: https://bit.ly/3esVQRo
BIBLE IN BRONZE
As part of the Avramescu Lectures, the House of Culture in Jimbolia hosted the Biblie in Bronze exhibition by artist Linda-Saskia Menczel.
‘The exhibition, I feel, is a possible answer to the question posed by Teodor Baconschi’s lecture topic about Christian Theology after the Copernican Revolution, and the space where one conceptually places the divine in an infinite universe.
Christian-inspired art might offer an answer: within, as well as perhaps in true beauty and the awe-inspiring cosmos.’ Linda-Saskia Menczel
FROM LETTER TO WORD
‚The inscriptions that sometimes appear on the surfaces of my works do not have a solely decorative role, but they are meant to be read, enriching the message conveyed by the sculptural form.
On the seven Philokalia (2020), inscribed are text, such as the beginning of Genesis in the original Hebrew, fragments from the Philokalia, and the Cloud of Unknowing (anonymous text from the 15th century) or the beautiful mystical prayer of Abba Iosif Hazzaya that is recited before Holy communion.
These texts marked me deeply and I presented them on this series of seven columns, each 250cm high, in mixed media, which bring together sculpture, graphics and inscriptions.’
Musica Universalis marked a career spanning 25 years. It was held in the prestigious Timisoara Museum of Art in 2019, gathering a record number of visitors. The exhibition hosted four additional events, two photography shows (of the bronze artwork) by students, made durring the exhibition and shown alongside the sculptures, as well as two concerts:
The first featuring Armen Anassian – violon, Cosmin Rafael Bălean – duduk, Mihaela Ișpan – Soprano, Sorin Dogariu – piano, Norbert Dumitresc – keyboard;
The second concert featured Tibor Cari – piano, Sanda Guţu – Cello and Carmen Păulescu – Violin.
Becoming took place in two Galleries simultaneously ( Pygmalion and the Underground), featuring an action sculpture event called ‘The Other’ on Museum Night of 2016. The artwork rekindled the technique used by the artist in the first part of her career, the vails.
This iteration saw colored and inscribed vails and the use of LED light within the artwork. The theme of the exhibition is the entry and exit of the soul, in the confines of time, but having in mind infinity; or in other words, the dynamics between 4 main actors: birth, death, time and the soul.
The sculptural works are in organic collaboration with texts written by Fr. Constantin Necula, Romeo Petrasciuc, Linda Saskia Menczel, as well as quotes from older and newer saints.
The Other was a live-action sculpture in which art lovers witnessed the creation of a sculptural life-size ensemble. The one-hour process used live models, one of them being the artist’s son.
An ‘action sculpture’ during the night of the museums will demonstrate a casting of two young people, Emanuel Perciun and Daiana Bagiu, and it speaks about the dynamic relationship between man and woman.
Confession II, continues the series with the same name started in 2011, having as the main theme the New Testament. Excerpts from the Bible were transformed into bronze forms, both in rond-bosse and bas-relief.
Confession II featured a Christ portrait composed of drawings from the previous exhibition as well as many new sculptural pieces.
Confession is the first exhibition inspired by the New Testament and the patristic texts. It contained 72 pencil-on-canvas portraits of mostly modern-era saints and the seven Sacraments of Christianity : Baptism, Chrismation, Eucharist (Holy Communion), Healing (Anointing of the sick), Marriage, Confession, and Holy Orders, all in bronze.
Exodus 14: 19-21
Shemot (‘Names’ in Hebrew), is inspired by The 72 Names of God from Kabbalah, which are encoded in the Book of Exodus (Shemot) 14:19-21. The exhibition contained 72 bas-reliefs and 33 ronde-bosse bronze pieces and was hosted by the Helios Gallery in Timişoara, Romania.
‘Inspiration came after a brief trip to the Kabbalah Center in London in 2005, where I found inspiration in the graphic representations of the sacred Names.’
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