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In my work I deal with the relationship between the natural landscape and human nature. I focus on the mental need for natural wildness and human nature in general, but particulary myself. I reflect on the perceptions and feelings acquired in the landscape, which are stored in thoughts and then return to them as imaginative landscapes, independently worlds, whose visual form springs out from within me.
Herbarium of imaginations nº7, 150x160 cm, natural ink on watercolour paper.
The development of the ego is to blame for the loss of nature from within each of us. When we are still children, we perceive our surroundings through optics, which disappear over time due to adolescence. The unburdened view of a child or a mentally ill individual understands the artistic expression based on its process, not the result. I try to feel this sincere and pure process during the painting and thus give space to the most spontaneous artistic expression possible.
Herbarium of imaginations nº2, 150x160 cm, natural ink on watercolour paper.
I insert the natural essence into the contexts of my paintings using by the medium of natural ink. It is a lengthy process from the very stay in nature, in order to find inspiration and the necessary material for the subsequent processing of natural products into a special scale of inks, to the very act of painting. The natural origin as well as the overall process of creation influences my treatment of ink and intensifies the deeper and more sincere to feel the process of painting, which takes place on a purely spontaneous and meditative level.
Herbarium of imaginations nº3, 150x160 cm, natural ink on watercolour paper.
THE HERBARIUM OF IMAGINATIONS -The main topic of my work
The Herbarium is destined to record information and knowledge about plant species. The Herbarium of Imaginations preserves the perceptions, thoughts and ideas collected in the landscape. However, they are subjected to a certain distance, which is necessary to create an overview by contemplating over the perceived perceptions and the subsequent storage of thoughts in the Herbarium of Imaginations. I return to places in nature that are close to me with my thoughts as to constantly changing imaginative landscapes or independent worlds, I perceive them as an endless microcosm full of bright colours. I put my thoughts into the individual paintings, which are inspired by even the smallest details from the natural environment. The loss of nature from within each of us may be due to the development of the ego. When we are still children, we perceive our surroundings through optics, which disappear over time due to adolescence. The sincere expression of a child or a mentally ill individual perceives artistic expression on the basis of its process, not result. I tried to feel this sincere and pure process during the painting and thus give space to the most spontaneous artistic expression possible. The Herbarium of Imaginations is therefore based on the contexts of Art Brut and Outsider Art, forms of untrained fine art.
Herbarium of imaginations nº4, 150x160 cm, natural ink on watercolour paper.
I finished the first degree of study at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica, in the Studio of Drawing and Classical Painting Disciplines. Currently, I continue in the second degree of my studies at the Academy of Arts, in the free fine art program.
In the first years of my studies, I focused mainly on still lifes and figural studies. In addition, I developed my own themes. These include, for example, the Landscape of Body and the Herbarium of Imaginations, when I started using natural inks.
The self-help preparation of inks and paints was foreshadowed by my love of plants and nature. I was thinking about how to incorporate it into my work. Finally, it came to me in the form of the process of discovering the colours of individual plants and other natural products. Over time, I found how to create various organic effects, in which I finally lost the demands. Currently, the process of producing natural inks is one of the main pillars of my work.