Using familiar tropes of children's stories and fairy tales to tell contemporary fables, Salzl confronts societal issues of idealization, disconnection and isolation. The Cleansing is an immersive installation using recorded video and audio as well as scavenged online video, craft construction, painted and drawn paper and printed elements continues her use of collage in storytelling into the third and fourth dimension. This seemingly quaint and peaceful scenario is the room filling extension of one of her small drawings and her vivid imagination, lulling the viewer in with superficial tranquility. The undercurrents of the work reveal our own level of comfort with the sometimes disturbing realities of the world around us.
Installation views of Solo exhibition at dc3 Art Projects, 2016.
photo credit: Blaine Campbell