It was night and we were running from an old city made from stone. We were running away from a huge ghost hunting us and flying above. Everyone was screaming. The ghost flew into the crowd and got small in human size, in a ghost costume he was running away from himself as well and screaming. with a comedian shimmer in his eyes. He asked me if I wanted to see something and I agreed. We walked to the left at the edge of the sea. There was a flood going to destroy the city... which he didn't care about. He asked me if I wanted to live. And I said yes. Then the flood stopped. I saw a sparkle positioned in the sea in my body and in his one, coming through space and time. And my sister in gamekeeper clothes was coming from the right. In Czech, the word "Spirit" and "ghost" are the same.
I studied in Prague at Prazacka Gymnazium 2003-2007, I had great teachers and had a chance to read C. G. Jung, A. de Souzanelle or J. Heffernanova when I was 16years old. Than I graduated in visual art at West Bohemian University in 2011 from Illustration (if that's art than I'm done with it), the same year I moved to Germany and awarded an internship in C&A as textile designer in Dusseldorf (that gave me fever & burnout for 1,5 years and I quickly run back to art). Year later I moved to The Netherlands to study fine art (call me crazy the second BcA.) and graduated in 2015 from The Royal Academy of Art in fine art at painting department. Since than I have atelier at De Besturing studio "complex" in Den Haag and since 2021 sharing with my newborn baby.
I'm mapping mythology of nowdays man. The main form I’m using is painting and woven tapestry based on painting collage.
To paint in challenging times of hustle is an opportunity to slow down in immersion. I´m painting night dreams overlapping with daily life, layers of stories deposited throught time. Based on C.G.Jung the message of common unconsciousness are guiding us through night dreams we all have and even share. I reflect on this deposit in painting like in a talisman. It might recall your own moment of this connection.
Painting is the most challenging form for me since through the painting itself my real interest uprise from chaotic thoughts. Its a confrontation with unknown and searching for moments, when I felt connected with the sense. In my painting that is typically in nature, in night dream and in city life - that is the most valuable to be able to perceive in the harmony.
Tapestries. At this moment Im searching and collecting herbs to dye and process the wool in to yearns for the tapestry. Curious how the vibe of each plant, the time and mood of collection will affect the final yarn and tapestry. More about why I made them and how is in section Tapestry.
However not to be only an atelier hermit I decide to give something back to the outside world more inter-actively: I'm discovering outdoor forms of painting such a ceramic tiles for facades, playful language of textile patterns etc.. I write lyrics and perform them in the Dutch-Czech art band MARIA.
Im from Bohemia, born to materialistic post-Communist country governed by fear, where the thin wallpaper of spiritless reality had often to fall to egoistic racionalism or madhous. Time for example. Living animal changing speed and trajectory. The cities, the library, the antique shops… filled with old stories, changing with time and formatting in space like ghosts layering on each other. Traveling – you are digested by the spirit of the city, which is created by all past and present events. No, nothing of this could be taken serioisly than;)
According to the Chinese I Tjing (2000. B. C.) the perception of cause and effect is different than ours. It organically perceives life, where the relationship of causes and consequences is synchronous and events intertwine in many layers. Artists often feel it without knowing. The Western spirit processes this suspicion in various works of art and philosophy as well.
Richard Weiner, a Czech-Jewish German writer (1884-1937), is proud to be a plaything of nonlinear consequences. The same is discussed in the novel by the Russian writer Mchaill Boelgakov (1891-1940) Master and Margaret when the Devil talks to a socialist writer who thinks he knows how his day will go but he dies. Related aspects are widely described by my favorite Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) in his description of the unconscious (which includes night dreams – the medium of our soul). A book by the American therapist James Hillman (1926–2011) says that man was born in his perfect self (seat) as a complete being, thus denying the belief in the linearity of time…just like the view of I Tjing. The childhood stories are already reflective and show the repeating pattern, the full potential of a human mission.
Besides makingmy work
Im mother that takes the baby along in life to my atelier and appointments so he sees things. Artist mothers are often excluded from art events, because they have less time while they are creating the future. This needs to be changed.
I co/organize group exhibitions (in Den Haag, Rotterdam, and Prague) and the biennale art-music festival Itch Tongue. I try to be active in atelier building De Besturing, I did artworks infiltration in the city, atelier presentations, audio performances, I received studio visits (from Stroom, Unfair, Glasgow International, galleries, and artists). I do workshops for KABK young talent now for 2nd time. I exchange knowledge with other members of the building (embroidery technology, textile prints, and I’m starting to learn and experiment with glaze and firing).