What is the Archipelagos for you? How do you perceive the vastness of the blue sea? Is it a maze of emotions that get lost amongst the waves or do you stop and stare at the small islands? What do you see when you sit on top of the mountain? The despair, the hope, or just a vague vastness?
From each point you observe, there is something to discover. From the top of the mountain the view becomes softer; calmness is touching you and you can feel the breeze on your face. You can finally admit to yourself secretly: “after all these big and painful efforts I managed to win against Poseidon and become the Ulysses of myself”. And only then does the vast sea become yours.
Elusive explosions of color and sand are spread all over the canvas in an effort to emancipate life from art. The materials allow the work to come closer to its true nature; fluid, transcendental, mortal. The interchangeability of landscape from sea to shore becomes an evocation for exploration of choices.
And when you watch closely, all minor details reveal themselves; it’s almost possible to find comfort on the island before you embark on the next journey. But when you look from above, the work loses its majesty and becomes one with the sky.
Sentler’s work allows viewers to travel and become the Ulysses of themselves. The multilayeredness of the work allows the transition from museumscape to landscape and vice versa. The different shades of blue are intertwined in a peculiar interaction with the time and space of the work.
The mimesis of life in Miriam’s work is extraordinary. But it is a life which needs to be achieved and is as vulnerable as is the sand is to the wind. The viewer is allowed to immerse herself into multiperspectivity; allowed to comprehend and assimilate herself into the ocean until she finally reaches a small island to repose.
The work is accompanied by post cards you can send to relatives with some imaginary islands’ pictures on them. Why do we call these islands imaginary? Is it because they don’t exist or is it because we only allow them to exist in our imagination?
Sentler leaves these questions to each and single visitor to answer.