29.02.2012

25.03.2012

Salón Nitrianskej galérie, Župné námestie 3, Nitra

I Have No Idea Where This Sadness Comes From

The exhibition I Have No Idea Where This Sadness Comes From introduces two contemporary Slovak authors – Michaela Rázusová-Nociarová and Mária Matrková, continually working in the medium of painting....

Authors: Michaela Rázusová-Nociarová, Mária Matrková

Curator: Denisa Doričová

Venue: Salón, Nitra gallery

Opening: Februar 29st 2012 at 5 pm, 5.30 afterpARTy

The exhibition I Have No Idea Where This Sadness Comes From introduces two contemporary Slovak authors – Michaela Rázusová-Nociarová and Mária Matrková, continually working in the medium of painting. Their paintings are an example of sensitive approach to work (and the world). Both authors explore their inner life, subject-matters of the works are sourced in their own experiences, ideas, dreams, desires, delusions and sorrows… They are interested in the intersection of reality and illusion, and they are concerned about relationships – of an individual to his environment, and of an individual to another individual. Both are enchanted by the motive of the miracle of everyday life, although each of them in a different way. It is the intimate testimony that helps them to capture those moments, present and recurring on an archetypal level in other people as well, in different spaces and times.

Figures of Michaela Rázusová-Nociarová often appear in contact with water. Ethereal luminous bodies are in contrast with their dark or colourful surroundings, they swim in the safe space just below the water surface, or – as in case of the paintings with child motives – they stand in water / above water, and inevitably interfere with its surface. Sometimes it is not clear, whether these are mythical and fairy tale beings in our world or real figures in a dream land. An a clear distinction isn’t necessary, as the author claims: “Private miracles in their essence resemble the mythical ones.”

The paintings of Mária Matrková are close to Japanese aesthetics mono no aware – they contain enthusiasm for a beautiful form or a moment, and at the same time sadness because of elusiveness of these forms and moments. The author concentrates on a portrayal of the inner condition of an individual, whose image is projected to his surrounding. She is interested in the states of deep unconsciousness and hidden ideas emerging ex nihilo. In her images, as if assembled from colourful sequins, more realities are connected – one overlaps another. The style of painting resembles illustrations from children’s books, rich clear colours in contrast with grey pastel surfaces, frequent presence of child figures support the fairy tale or dream character of these scenes.

The approach of Michaela Rázusová-Nociarová and Mária Matrková is not a systematic Freudian work with series of dreams. The painters offer records of solitary experiences which – stopped and translated into the language of pictures – may uncover the causes of THAT sadness.

Denisa Gura Doričová

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