I. “Descensum” 2019, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Eva Prokopová
“Descensum” is the power to project one’s soul into the afterlife, as mentioned earlier this is one of the paintings inspired by the American Horror Story – Coven Series. The depicted Eva Prokopová is dressed in a black blouse, the dark color of which represents imminent death, hairs divided into seven strands referring to the seven sins. The painting also outlines a biblical theme presenting sadness and pain discovering death as the primary element. The positive aspect is expressed by a cheerful floral pattern on the carpet, which at the top violates the law of perspective and refers to the afterlife, which does not necessarily follow the rules we know. The negative aspect is contained in the scene itself, which captures the moment when the witch succumbs to her inner hell and gradually turns into dust. However, the transformation is still in its inception and there is still hope for salvation.
“Sadness” is set in the Tietro de Andromeda (Andromeda Theatre) in Sicily, Italy. The architect of the theater, Lorenzo Rein, holds an immense inspiration for this painting. As a young man, he grazed sheep on the hills and dreamed of becoming an architect. His big dream came true, and when he returned as a respected architect, after which he built a theater here.
The woman depicted in the painting slowly climbs to the desired goal, but the path is not easy. During her journey, she experiences feelings of frustration, sadness, and fear of the future. Her hand resting on the statue points to the past and death. Yet her gaze is still fixed on the top of the hill. The setting sun represents the end of an epoch of life and a relentless passage of time that reminds us that we must not waste our lives. This painting represents not only sadness itself but also the path to the desired goal, which may not always be easy and along which we are often accompanied by unpleasant feelings.
II. “Sadness” 2019, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Radka Ševčíková
III. “Pyrokinesis” 2019, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Ksenija Kovalčhuk
“Pyrokinesis” is an ability to create or control fire with the mind, although there has not been any conclusive evidence found as of yet. This ability is one of the tests of seven wonders in the American Horror Story – Coven Series. As we have all come across discovering the power of fire at some point in our lives, we can say it can be very dangerous to one's life. Perhaps, because of its unpredictable nature, it has not ceased to fascinate people yet. The woman in the painting is captured at the very moment of burning her desires and passion, referring to Freud’s reflections. The fire element in this painting is captured by representing sunrise behind the forest, where the artist attempts to trick the viewers by providing two perceptions if the light is created by the sunlight or is it the fire? The depicted Ksenija Kovalchuk, at a very young age the surroundings around her have reflected on her intensively which has brought her to become the woman she is today.
“Divination” is the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means, which is one of the tests of the seven wonders in the American Horror Story – Coven Series. The woman in the painting, Markéta Giblová is in a garden of the Café Alfa in Brno. The essence of the imagery symbolizes the intelligence of the woman, she is a fortune-teller who provides sessions on the interpretation of tarot cards. The dachshund in the woman’s hand symbolizes vitality, joy, devotion, and perseverance. Next to the model shown, her favorite onion flowers are placed on the left table. The goblet lying on the table on the right in the form of a human skull imitates the cleverness and wisdom that the fortune teller draws from the tarot cards, but also recalls the transience of life and death. The people behind the woman are dressed in gray, black, and white colors symbolizing a chessboard. The universe spread in the background represents the limitations of humanity reminding us to leave the mind rooted in the real world.
IV. “Divination” 2019, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Markéta Giblová
V. “Fear/Power” 2019, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Olga Martinkovičová
“Fear/Power” is inspired by the song “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” (Florence + the Machine), which depicts the moment when a woman encounters something unknown to her. She is afraid, but she is attentively ready to fight anytime. She is protected by two deer represented as her protector. The deer’s sharp intuition alerts us when to run or fight depending on the situation. The panorama of the forest hides diverse areas of danger, mystery, curiosity, fear of the unknown which can be unconsciously threatening to one’s mind if interpreted in a certain way. But on the other hand, it is also a place where we get in touch with our inner beauty and take time to know ourselves better filling our hearts with the hope of a better future.
“Electricity” was the first created work of art which was then inspired to develop a series and the exhibition concept. The woman is on her way home after a wasted night, which, however, does not bring her any pleasure. Walking under the Brooklyn Bridge which here represents hope. Hope for a better life, a metaphorical transition from emptiness and frustration to life on the other hand, full of joy, self-knowledge, and self-acceptance. She sees lightning that scares her. The artist attempts to capture the moment, where one does not know when to enter one’s life and tries to drive away these feelings as much as possible. The symbolism of the lightning here is associated with Greek and Roman Mythology applying the understanding of lightning as god’s punishment, as the main weapon of God Zeus referring to lightning to be the fear of the future and search for a dream. Moon here is a representation of inner intuition and subliminal emotions. The painter dedicated this piece to his best friend Yvette Procházoká, with whom he underwent a drastic change in his life. Their common period of darkness consisted mainly in the search for a way and a meaning in life, both of whom were drowning in depression and ignorance of themselves. Perhaps they feel grateful to this period that their relationship deepened helped each other to find their meaning in life.
VI. “Electricity” 2018, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Yvette Procházoká
VII. “Happiness” 2018, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Kateřina Staňková
“Happiness” is inspired by the song “Self-control” by Laura Branigan and is temporally connected with the painting Electricity as they take place at the same time, but each in a different place. The women in both paintings are close while their interconnection is reflected on the full moon. The scene takes place near the Italian town of Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre. The city is known mainly for its colorful house facades. It is the romantic atmosphere of this city that only underlines the overall theme of the painting. The woman on the boat is dressed in a white dress representing innocence and purity, the predominantly blue color is supposed to evoke confidence, wisdom, and peace. The artist again affixes a deeper meaning to the sea, inspired by the short story “The Old Man and the Sea”, he tries to transfer the primary notion of the story into the painting. The artist sees the main idea of the notion in not giving up and staying, even though in the end, one does not get exactly what they initially wanted so much.
The painting portrays two friends during an evening celebration in Brno. The women sit in the alcove of their favourite bar, expecting what tonight will bring them. The night here symbolizes freedom and hope whereas the green light on the traffic pole represents freedom and endless possibilities of entertainment. “I painted this picture to celebrate the nightlife and carefree fun. Nevertheless, I did not want to create a painting that would draw too much attention with bright colours, haze, and ubiquitous alcohol, because all of this is already happening in the woman’s mind. Capture the so-called feeling of happiness and contentment, when you feel that you can do anything, and you have an infinite number of possibilities, places, and things to discover. This feeling, however, does not last forever and this painting is a reminder” artist explains.
VIII. “The Night is Young” 2019, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Kateřina Kotápišová and Kristýna Pavlíčkova
IX. “Work” 2019, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Kristýna Vysloužilová
The concept of this work is nothing new in the history of art as the artist tries to look at the work from several different angles. The inspiration from Édouard Manet's painting “A Bar at the Folies-Bergère” (1882), displayed in the Courtauld Gallery, is completely undeniable here. A barmaid here is preparing drinks for her customers is a representation of duty and responsibility. As her expression suggests, she enjoys the work despite the bitterness and hardship the work can bring, this bitterness is hidden in the drink that she is currently preparing. This is a Negroni, a popular Italian cocktail that is known mainly for bitterness. The girls behind the large glass window of the bar are the same women from the previous painting “The Night is Young”, displaying contrast between carefree fun and duties at the same time.
Transmutation is the magical ability to move instantly from one place to another without physically occupying the space between them. It is one of the witch rehearsals from the American Horror Story – Coven Series. The painting is divided into two parts, which divides and derives the principal connection between the day and night sections of this exhibition. The twins Viki and Agnes Mráčková illustrate dualism in many forms in the painting. The first part of Transmutation captures the artist's curator Viki Mráčková. The concept of the painting brings out opposing forces that may be complementary to each other, such as yin and yang as in the ancient Chinese philosophy, notes the artist. According to this philosophy, everything has its opposite aspects, the shadow cannot exist without light. The night is often associated with danger and evil due to the psychological combination of fear of the unknown and darkness preventing vision. The night is naturally associated with vulnerability and danger to human survival. In the background of the scene is painted an oak, which is associated with morality, strength, and knowledge.
X. “Transmutation I” 2020, Oil on Canvas, 100×100 cm ©Kryštof
Featuring: Viki Mráčková
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