Geometry captivated her with its simplicity and emptiness, which is meditative for her. Sometimes she creates every day, other time she is unable to paint a single thing all month. She carefully hides away the pictures she doesn’t want to sell and refuses to create them to order. The young painter, photographer, designer and sculptor talks about her love of painting.
Yes, there are of course more than one of those. At the start, I painted in figural way, but my love for abstraction steamrollered everything as time went by.
I have had an affinity with the world of architecture since I was little. I painted it for a long time and it was precisely this which allowed me to abstract reality into geometric shapes.
I go to the studio every day just like a normal job. There are times when I am so absorbed by painting that I work almost nonstop, several months in a row for example. In the same way, it does sometimes happen that I am not able to create anything at all for several months. It all depends on the cocktail of emotions and inspiration.
I needed to be in contact with the material – the paints, the canvas, to create something with my very own hands and to have a tangible result in the end. Not a file in a computer. I am relatively conservative as far as art is concerned. I have always most admired painting and sculpture, i.e. the old tried and tested media.
Fatally. I realised there that I really did want to fully devote my efforts to painting. I mainly went to Rio to familiarise myself in person with the work of the legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer and to draw inspiration from this.
Definitely. My work there was more in the form of a record of ideas and experiences. I didn’t start to process the internship, the impact of the different country and in particular my personal experiences until after I returned.
I knew that Rio is one of the most dangerous cities in the world – something which did in fact attract me, the idea of proving to myself that I could survive. I did experience a few gunfights in the street, a police attack by helicopter on a favela behind the house, a few chases... I had to learn to be watchful when walking about the streets, you can’t act as carefree as you can for example on the streets of Prague.
Brazilians are an extremely friendly and positive people. I didn’t really want to come back, I had more of a feeling of having been uprooted. I didn’t know where home was for me for a long time.
Yes, quick drying is one of the reasons. I use special transparent glazing gels which allow me to use painting techniques which would not be possible with oil paints.
Not yet as far as painting is concerned. I like spatial creation and my favourites there are stainless steel and metals.
It depends on the format. A picture 200 x 200 cm does of course require more time and work than a canvas 40 x 40 cm. I always paint several paintings at a time and move between them. But it is 2 – 6 weeks on average depending on the size and how demanding the project is.
Yes, I am a perfectionist. I always feel that moment without any really difficulty.
I do of course like some pictures more than others, but that isn’t a problem for me.
No. I carefully hide the pictures I don’t want to sell!
You can’t persuade someone to do that. Either you like a work straight away thanks to its first impression, or not at all and there is no point thinking about it any longer.
Logic. Purity. Precision. A certain form of simplicity and emptiness which his very meditative for me.
I don’t do pictures to order. The choice is always made from the paintings on display in galleries or the studio.
Yes. I absolutely respect that. Everybody has their own taste and their own opinion. If it is not said in the heat of emotion, I don’t think about it.
Constructive criticism is, I think, very beneficial. Negative criticism in particular of course. It can move you on to new horizons.
At the group exhibition Artefakt at the Chemistry Design Store until 22 December. Also until 22 December within the framework of the Squat iD23 project in a flat designed by the architect Lenka Míková. My pictures are also permanently on display at the Praguekabinet gallery.