The Morse Code project is Petra Nováková-Ondreičková’s (1968) largest presentation in Slovakia so far...
The Morse Code project is Petra Nováková-Ondreičková’s (1968) largest presentation in Slovakia so far. The artist uses codes (signals of the Morse alphabet) to reflect upon an individual’s perception of urbanism and its structure. She focuses on handling various materials very carefully (mostly paper), their eclectic mixing and recycling. She uses a visual language to process her thoughts of architecture where she mostly pays attention to paper. A gesture of leaving a trace in the paper material refers to „the emptiness“ in the mass (of a city or a person). In this sense, Morse code can also be perceived as a sensation of a dark city glimmering in the distance (producing short and long pulses), sending us its signals of loneliness in an ant colony that everyone sometimes experiences. Spacial abstractions and oil paintings of a city that create a resemblance of a landscape are visualised artistic impressions of human life. The artist produces her work in cycles that refer to landscapes. A lot of its spectrum is restrained thanks to the limited dimensions of the material of choice. An important moment worth mentioning is the process of „auto-recycling“ her own work. Creative circulation – the paper waste she produces while cutting/drawing with a knife she later re-uses in other installations and collages whichs give her work a very ephemeral and hand-made appearance.
Petra Nováková-Ondreičková studied at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Bratislava (Department of Textile Arts led by J. Berger, K. Pichler) and an the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (Studio of Textile Arts: A. Matasová). She is a part of the generation that entered the Slovak art scene in 1990s. She participated at many iconic exhibitions that are now a part of the history of Slovak art of the 20th century, e.g. Marginalia (The Art Gallery of Považie Žilina, 1994), Pars pro toto (SNG Bratislava, 1995), A Dream about a Museum (The Art Gallery of Považie Žilina, 1995), The Paradigm of Women (The Art Gallery of Považie Žilina, 1996), Interworld (SNG Bratislava, 1998), Slovak Art for Free (Biennale di Venezia, SK-CZ hall, 1999). She received the Grand Prix Biennale award from the Slovak Union of Visual Arts in 2012. She and works mostly in Prague.
(The original title of the exhibition „Morseovka“ is a Czech word for Morse Code that is supposed to stress how the artist moves between Slovak and Czech art scenes.)