From Mikulov, South Moravian region, Czechia
Based in Prague, Czechia
Michaela Vrbková creates drawings and installations which combine brutalist and constructivist influences. The common denominators of her works are geometric abstraction, and delicate work with color - whether of the works themselves or their intended space. The artist's creative process doesn't end with a finished artwork, but rather with its placement in the space and their mutual harmony.
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you to art?
M: I've been surrounded by art since my childhood, I grew up in a culture-oriented environment. I come from Mikulovwhere the Mikulov Art Symposium was founded in the 90s and which both Czech and international artists have been visiting since. This environment shaped me, it was very natural for me to start expressing myself artistically.
A: What inspires you the most?
M: My greatest source of inspiration is usually the material itself that I'm working with or the space where I'm creating an installation. Once I begin, I start seeing different paths of various possibilities and things I'd like to explore.
A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?
M: I don't have any rituals, all I need is quiet, my own space, and coffee.
A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
M: I don't feel comfortable giving advice to beginner artists. Perhaps just to do what they enjoy and what makes them happy. At least that's what I do.
A: Your top 3 words or phrases related to art?
M: If I'm describing art that's caught my attention, I tend to use words like feeling, impression, experience, emotion...
A: Your favorite Czech artists?
M: I have many favorite Czech artists. The first place on my personal list of favorites are Adriena Šimotová and the Vála sisters. From contemporaries I admire Kateřina Vincourová. I remember seeing one of her installations as a child and thinking that making art is cool if it looks like this. It widened my horizons.
A: What piece of art do you think embodies the Czech national spirit and culture? Why?
M: I'm not sure if it matters to have something like a national symbol these days. I believe in something more, which transcends borders.
A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ..?
M: I like to talk to people about what they like about specific art and what intrigues them. Everyone sees things differently and it's great to explore how different people's perceptions can be.
A: Where can we meet you?
M: Most often, you could meet me in my studio in Prague, at a yoga class, or on the train. Those are also places where I do the most thinking. I sketch on the train; I come up with most ideas in yoga or before I go to bed in the evening.
A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)
M: "Thinking through making." - Tim Ingold
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