The exhibition IN(time) by Amálka Ľudmila Valenčíková is an invitation to the artist’s intimate inner world which is interwoven with feelings, love, and a deep maternal passion.
The exhibition presents a set of soft sculptures, embroidered paintings and objects combined from non-traditional materials, with the use of textiles referring both to women's vulnerability and to the strength of perseverance in the everyday search for the self. The selected material is important in terms of touch – both that of the artist during the creative process and the "remembered" touch of the viewer. The works predominantly feature white fabrics which convey several symbolic meanings - as a blanket which covers the bed, the site of birth and death; as a tablecloth on which Sunday lunch is served; as a curtain that separates the interior from the exterior; as a traditional wall board with angel embroidery; as an altar cloth or a bridal dress. It is also a reminder of the interior of the house of the artist’s grandparents, where life flowed quietly and naturally. The bond which the artist felt to her grandmother is especially important in her work. The memory of this woman - mother - grandmother is confronted with the artist’s own experiences of motherhood. Childbirth represents a turning point in a woman's life that becomes a milestone which separates the “before” and the “after”. A child is not only a joyful addition to the family, but also a burden of responsibility, a new personality that makes ruthless demands upon its mother. Biologically conditioned but often not immediately apparent, motherly love is the only way to overcome the mountain of new responsibilities. Sacrificing one's time and body is part of a new role that is both simplified and undervalued in social discourse. A woman's body becomes a paradise, a vessel that is worn out by the act of giving. How can a mother forgive the child that she loves for the fact that she is no longer how she once was? In her works, the artist deals with the topic of the acceptance of physical transformation, the weakening of the skin, the loss of the solidity of form. Soft sculptures allow her to express the mass of the body with the added value of psychological meanings. The artist’s emotional statements are complemented by lyrical poetry which she writes into space and time as part of the installation and performance. The connection of words and objects creates a specific atmosphere of a unique female experience which, although shared directly, can never be fully understood.
Mgr. art. Katarína Balúnová, ArtD.
Amálka Ľudmila Valenčíková (1980) studied stone sculpture at the Secondary Technical School in Spišská Nová Ves and textiles at the Secondary Industrial School of Clothing Production in Trenčín. In 2000 - 2006 she continued her studies in the Studio of Free Creativity-3D at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Intermedia, Technical University of Košice, under the guidance of prof. Juraj Bartusz. In 2003 - 2004 she completed an internship at the Accademia di Belle Arti, L'Aquila, Italy and in 2005 - 2007 she completed pedagogical studies at the Faculty of Arts, Technical University of Košice. In r. 2010 - 2012 she worked as a professional teacher at the Secondary Technical Woodworking School in Spišská Nová Ves. In 2010 she took part in an artistic residency in Belgium. In 2010 - 2012 she founded and led the Studio of Creativity at the Slovak Matica in Spišská Nová Ves. In 2018 - 2019 she worked as a professional teacher at the School of Applied Arts in Košice. She regularly participates in collective exhibitions and symposia. She works in the medium of sculpture, object, installation, and performance, where she often incorporates texts of the lyrical poetry. During the exhibition, she activates the viewer to interact with the artworks: "Please touch the art!".
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