Alzbeta Jaresova

The visual narrative of my work is constructed by the subconscious dialogue between historical memory and the functioning of social structures; demonstrating their transformation and relevance in a present day context. Having been influenced by familial and collective memories of the socialist era in what used to be Czechoslovakia, I am interested in exploring the concepts of confinement, control and restriction within my work. This specific historical reference, however, remains significant mostly on a personal level, as I aim to explore these notions within a contemporary context. I merge the structural, social, as well as psychological confinements I sense in my environment with personal and collective memories to form my own visual language.

I explore a figure-space relationship, in which architecture becomes a primary symbol for social structure and control. I use drawing, painting and sculpture to investigate my conceptual concerns. Within 2D works, protagonists take on a kind of diagrammatic part and are placed into enclosed structures, which exert, or simply suggest, power over their gestures. The space and figure are both non-definitive and void of any tangible reference to time and place, which points to the metaphysical process of how these images are created in the mind. The sculptures take on the form of small-scale models which, together with their 2D counterparts, form an architectural proposal; a mock up for a hypothetical environment, which is never intended to be realized.

As I explore the concept of the architectural proposal, I play with notions of utopia vs. dystopia and reflect upon the relationship between architecture and political ideology. I try to direct the viewer into these reflections by methods of display, arranging my work into an environment that suggests a museum or architect’s studio; an environment where form and structure is observed and manipulated to express well-calculated obstacles and interventions.