Artistic statement

Through my sculptural work, I ask naturalistic-philosophical-social questions, and use the variable motif of the ancient Chimera to formulate them. 

Who or what is a Chimera? 

 

*From a biological point of view, we can understand it as a symbiotic way of life for animals with their surroundings or with positive gene mutations.

*From a social point of view, it questions the origin and authenticity of man.

*Philosophically, the Chimera is not limited to a biological species, but is a symbol of unity and a starting point for thinking about yourself and the world around you.

 

Therefore, I do not depict the Chimera explicitly, but through internal physiology and the surrounding environment. Viruses, bacteria, fetishes, and optimized nature.

 

Paper and ceramics, with which I have been working for a long time, occupy an important place in my work. I like their haptic attributes as well as their symbolic meaning for humans. That is why I invented my own sculptural technique of working with paper, based on the principle of collage squeezed into a plaster mould. This allows me to work with the sculpture in a very flexible way.

 

Corpus, my paper sculptures, can be operated in different ways – I can implant objects called Adoptives into them, incorporate ink prints or Braille on the surface. However, this technique does not allow me to work with small formats. That is why, among other things, working with ceramics enables infantile expression and the ability to play with details.

 

Using childish aesthetics in the context of genetic or microbiological topics is a way to build internal conflict. Clay sculptures can thus be perceived either as laboratory pasquiles or as ritualistic idols: both act as a human effort to optimize the surrounding world.

 

The size and form characteristic of the Biomorphic Abstraction of the Corpus and the Biomorphic Realism of the clay idols is primarily influenced by my interest in medieval art and natural sciences.

 

I see my own studio work as a continuous learning process that is not limited to art or medium. It is important for me to be interested in the surrounding world, society and politics, and to incorporate this knowledge into my work. In my opinion, an interest in realizations of public space or volunteer service abroad is also an inseparable part of my sculptural practice.

studies

2020-2021 Study stay in Kraupa-Tuscany-Zeidler, Berlin, D

2018 Universidad de Complutense Madrid, SP

2017 Religious Studies and Philosophy, Charles University, CZ

2016 - 2020 Academy of Fine Art in Prague

2010 -  2014  Gymnasium, Frýdek- Místek, CZ

 

residence

2022  Bonn, D

2022 Olomouc, CZ

solo exhibitions

2022 Zeitlupe, HYB4, Prague, CZ

2020 Ink Lovelorn by Boozed-Away Future Meets a Dehydrated Cuneiform, Anežský monastery, National Gallery Prague, CZ

2017 / První zastavení, Galerie Věž, Frýdek-MístekCZ

 

group exhibitions

2023 Alle Macht der Immagination!, Kunsthalle in Lipsiusbau, Dresden, D

2023 Too many dinners parties, Nuremberg, D

2023 Too many dinners parties (first chapter), Prague, CZ

2021 Artspring, Berlin, D

2021 Heterotopies, Prostějov, CZ

2021 It is just a Myth?, Prague, CZ

2020 Exhibition of Diplomants at AVU, Prague, CZ

2018  Liquid Lengea, Prague, CZ 

2017  Hlavy vzhůru, Prague, CZ

2018  Vstupem vnik, Uherské-Hradiště, CZ

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