XI. “Transmutation II” 2020, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Agnes Mráčková
“Transmutation II” takes place on a summer morning, where the sun shines most strongly. It is one of the witch rehearsals from the American Horror Story – Coven Series. The effects of day and night are not only seen in the animal kingdom but also plants. They have also evolved by adapting to best cope with the lack of sunlight during the night. Agnes Mráčková is surrounded by her favourite flowers, poppy, paraphrasing peace and accepting negative feelings. The pine in the background symbolizes wisdom and longevity.
Featuring: Hana Barbara, Rachelé Marinelli, Lucie Šimůnková, Kateřina Fraňková, Kristýna Chocholacova, Veronika Smíšková, Prokopovi Sisters, Katerina Krahulcova and Sarah Salloum
“Allegory of Art” takes us to the first days of autumn. This very composition of the painting takes place on the shores of a large lake and is partly inspired by the composition of the famous painting “The Turkish Baths” (1862) by Jean A. D. Ingres. Each of the ten women in the painting interprets a different branch of art: music, singing, theatre, photography, painting, fashion, and dance.
In the lower-left part is singer/actress Hana Barbara holding the keys, not far from her is a mask referring to her theatrical career. Next to her sits the Italian singer Rachele Marinelli playing the guitar whereas Lucie Simunková and Katerina Frankova playing ukulele sit and sing opposite to Rachele. Photographer Kristýna Chocholacova is captured behind the music group. In the lower right part painter, Veronika Smiskova is capture while she is working, behind her are sisters Prokopovi symbolizing fashion and design. Katerina Krahulcova, representing modelling, stands next to them in a dress of the fashion brand SESTRY. In the background is the dancer Sarah Salloum.
XII. “Allegory of Art” 2020, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
XIII. “Telekinesis” 2020, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Kristýna Hanáková
Telekinesis is the ability to manipulate and induce the movement of physical objects without being touched by the person concerned. It is one of the seven wonders that appear in the aforementioned American Horror Story: Coven series. The painting presents Kristýna Hanáková hovering over her bed, where the books provide her with new knowledge. The whole painting is toned in white, which affects the mind and body by helping to purify mentally whereas the white bed heralds portray pure love. White roses here represent peace and innocence. The tuned furniture in the color of gold symbolizes grandeur, magic, and, above all, wealth, which imitates the creative mind and mental fulfillment. Above the woman is a hanging origami sculpture created by Mexican artist David Choice.
Menstruation is an integral part of a woman's life. Unfortunately, this topic has been tabooed for centuries. Despite the efforts of some women, it is still shrouded in shame and fear of condemnation. Probably the most known taboo about menstruation as unclean, we know from biblical times, when women were socially separated from their camp during this period. However, the period was not always perceived in this way. In contrast, in some cultures, menstruating women were considered sacred, and their blood was perceived as a source of female power, especially dangerous to the power of men. “MENstressuation”, the title of the painting refers to the frustration of patriarchal society and men in general. The painting portrays a menstruating woman lying in the middle of Black Lake near Doo Lough between the Irish mountains of Mweelrea and Sheeffry Hills. The red color of the wet significance refers not only to the menstrual blood itself but also to the pain, anger, and discomfort often associated with the period. The woman is set in the Irish minimalist nature, which creates two important elements - nature. However, it points to the positive side of menstruation, precisely because of its cleanliness. As mentioned at the beginning, it is an important part of a woman's life, and in a literal sense, we can also perceive it as purification, or a new beginning.
XIV. “MENstressuation” 2019, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Saveria Spezzano
XV. “Concilium” 2020, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Jessica Monteiro
Concilium is the ability to control the mind of another through simple will, which allows the performer to control their actions, memories, feelings, and thoughts. It is one of the Seven wonders of the American Horror Story: Coven series. The stronger the human mind is, the more effort is needed to control them, yet a person skilled in this ability can break any resilient mind. It is possible to try to resist this ability, but over time everyone will succumb.
The scene of the painting shows a woman who relaxes on her balcony in the morning meanwhile a furious fight and protest takes place behind her on the street. The blue and gold blanket symbolizes the division of the exhibition into night and day and represents the balance between good and evil. Flying ashes represent a moral and social decline.
In this painting Markéta Břundová is shown in an euphoric pose, portraying sexual pleasure. The scene symbolizing sex takes place in a meadow, behind which rises in the distance a huge rock slightly imitating a male genital. The purple sky in the background represents innocence, modesty, and eternal love. Around the model's naked body are blooming daisies symbolizing youth, justice, and pure thinking. In this given sexual theme, these flowers can also be interpreted as a symbol of finished virginity. The meanings of peonies and violets in painting include romance, honor, and compassion.
XVI. “Sex” 2020, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Markéta Břundová
XVII. “Love” 2020, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Lucie Fridrichová and Zora Fridrichová
The painting shows a young couple, Lucie and Zora Fridrichová, with their son Benedict, who are good friends of the artist. Kryštof says, “I wanted to depict the theme of love in a lovely and tender situation. I decided to introduce my friends Lucie and Zora to the painting, where their mutual devotion and love always confirm that even today a soul mate can be found.“ The background color symbolizes joy, and the intertwined leaves refer to the ever-growing love between the couple and their child.
The painting manifests motherhood and the motherly love for her newborn child, and also represents the miracle of life and its constant renewal. The painting takes place at the beginning of spring, when, after a long winter, all living organisms are born and restored in full force. The depicted Jana Kamenárová and her daughter Emma are sitting on a park bench, and behind them, a view of the city of Brno is shown in the background. Pink flowers represent grace, tenderness and mediate youth, innocence, and joy.
XVIII. “The Miracle of Living” 2019, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Jana Kamenárová
XIX. “Two Mothers” 2020, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Zuzuna Bočková and Ludmila Novotná
Kryštof says, “I have two fateful women in my life as a role model, my mother Zuzana Bočková and her mother Ludmila Novotná. The painting takes place on the edge of the family garden in Letovice. The fence and tree trunks in the background symbolize the family roots, strength, and stability of a strong relationship. These women have spent their entire lives giving, understanding and self-sacrificing for the benefit of their children. I admire them immensely for this fact, and I think it is one of the noblest fates of a good mother. In my life, I owe a lot to these women. Had not been blessed by my mother, I would probably never have done painting. She was the one who led me to art from an early age and supported me indefinitely in my dream. It is thanks to these two mothers, without which I would not be the person I am in this world today. It is a declaration of love, pride, and gratitude for the family in the purest and kindest expression. I decided to paint both women at their different stages of life. I painted my grandmother on her wedding day. The beige coat indicates a desire for comfort and harmony. On the other hand, my mother is captured here at present, holding a bouquet of lilies of the valley in her hands. Lilies of the valley also bring happiness in love. I have always had a very deep relationship with my mother and grandmother, I try my best to use their best and strongest aspects in my personality. I am immensely proud of my family. A family that has never had an easy life, nevertheless, never gave up and fought for the right things. The different age representation of women here represents a defeat of time because my grandmother is no longer with us. However, this does not mean that death ends everything, quite the opposite. Love of neighbour is the key to eternal life, and thanks to the preservation of their memory, their values, and love, anything, even time, can be overcome.“
“Vitalum Vitalis” portrays the power to balance between death and life. This gift is one of the Seven wonders of the American Horror Story: Coven series and the painting directly refers to it through the Miss Robichaux Academy building in the background. In this painting, we can find many details pointing to the celebration and joy of life. For example, a woman standing in a white dress with a floral pattern represents an exciting new beginning. Butterflies remind us not to take life so seriously. The tiger is the model's favorite animal which is a depiction of power and at the same time its protector. Flowers also have their distinctive symbolism, red roses are the embodiment of passion, love, and desires. The sunflower is then a symbol of long life and perseverance in difficult times.
XX. “Vitalum Vitalis” 2019, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Alissa Dokic
WORDS FROM THE WOMEN...
“Time passes constantly... it does not matter about its existence or non-existence, no one promises us that life will be easy, but still, we expect from life. But it is my life, and I am going to be with it. Until the end, whatever it is.”
Eva Prokopová in “Descensum”
Credits & Acknowledgements: I would like to thank the artist who contributed to this exhibition and catalogue by providing images, interviews and artistic statements pertaining to their artistic practice.
Special thanks to all the women featured: Eva Prokopová, Radka Ševčíková, Ksenija Kovalčhuk, Markéta Giblová, Olga Martinkovičová, Yvette Procházoká, Kateřina Staňková, Kateřina Kotápišová, Kristýna Pavlíčkova, Kristýna Vysloužilová, Agnes Mráčková, Hana Barbara, Rachelé Marinelli, Lucie Šimůnková, Kateřina Fraňková, Kristýna Chocholacova, Veronika Smíšková, Prokopovi Sisters, Katerina Krahulcova, Sarah Salloum, Viki Mráčková, Kristýna Hanáková, Saveria Spezzano, Jessica Monteiro, Markéta Břundová, Lucie Fridrichová, Zora Fridrichová, Jana Kamenárová, Zuzuna Bočková, Ludmila Novotná and Alissa Dokic.
So much art & So little time!
© 2021 by, Aishwarya Kulkarni
All rights reserved.
Get the next review straight to your mailbox