Daniela Schlüter’s creative research explores scientific language, such as chromo somatic genetic maps, in contrast with the material, tactile and subtle presence of the hand-made mark, in order to raise questions about the ways in which contemporary language is used to describe elusive and complex ideas such as self-consciousness. In the context of much current scientific research, this is a pressing issue as there can be a tendency to reduce complex human experiences, such as emotion, into the language of scientific data. Newer work incorporates ideas of familial and individual memory, and the failings of cultural remembrance on a global level. Since 2010, Schlüter has been involved with the interdisciplinary project Perceptions of Promise: Biotechnology, Society and Art, an exhibition of artistic research made in response to scientific inquiry revolving around the genetic sciences. Perceptions of Promise brought together international artists and scholars from several fields of study and the exhibition traveled to multiple locations including the Glenbow Museum in Calgary and the Chelsea Art Museum in New York City.
Schlüter is based in both Germany and Canada and has exhibited her prints, drawings and video projections in Europe, Canada and the United States. Recent exhibitions include such venues as: Katholische Fachhochschule in Münster, Germany; Kunst gegen Rechts, Kreishaus, Borken, Germany; and E3 Gallery, New York City. Schlüter grew up in Germany and studied art at the Ruhrakademie Schwerte and the Fachhochschule Münster, Germany before completing her MFA in Printmedia at Concordia University in Montreal. She has spent the last four years as an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Alberta and returned to Germany this summer.