Photo credits Joanna Pianka
They are smooth as well as uneven, soft as well as hard, simple as well as exuberant. In her sculptural and installative works Daniela Trinkl uses both natural as well as artificial materials, whereby the plastic polyurethane foam plays a central role. The objects create an uncertainty as to whether they are organically grown or highly technically produced. Their hybrid appearance opens up a visual language between artificial and alive, alluring and bizarre. Thus they become ambassadors of an unknown science fiction world.
The starting point of these works is the exploration of human´s creative and inventive striving. Trinkl´s focus lies on the question of a synthetic existence, which she explores both critically and humorously.
The artist is interested in the idea of the artificial creation of life and its controllability. The associated dystopian potential manifests itself in her sculptures behind their highly aestheticized look. In this sense, Trinkl´s work adresses ecological, technological, biological as well as mystical and mythological contexts.
After completing the college for object design in 2011, Trinkl studied art history at the University of Vienna, where she graduated in 2016 (BA). She is currently completing an MA degree at the University of Artistic and Industrial Design in Linz in the Department of Plastic Concepts with Prof. Frank Louis.
The artist has shown her work in numerous national and international exhibitions. Her recent projects include Parallel Vienna (2022, Artist Statement), Salzkammergut Festwochen Gmunden (2022) and House of losing control/Vienna Art Week (2021). Trinkl's works can be found in both private and public collections such as the Dr. Hans Hoch Foundation in Neumünster/D. The artist received various work and travel grants, including a travel grant from the Austrian Federal Chancellery. In addition, she was selected to take part in several artist-in-residence programs, such as the art collection of the state of Upper Austria in the Salzamt Linz and the renowned PILOTENKUECHE in Leipzig. Trinkl has taken part in Artist Talks, such as Talk at Kunstquartier Alte Handelsschule Leipzig, and has been invited to speak about her work at Freies Radio Neumünster, where she was doing one of her residencies.