Slovakian artist Katarína Prídavková has a love for found materials and small houses
The work of Katarína Prídavková is based on the themes of fantasy and unreality. She crosses mediums of illustration, model-making, painting and sculpture to create small architectural structures that invite the viewer to get up close and personal. “For my base I usually use art canvas, but also like painting on sololit (wood-fibre slabs) because of the smooth surface, so the lines are sharper,” she explains. Having lived and studied fine arts in Mallorca, she often find her inspiration from the streets of her second home.
Her current project is entitled Treasure from Trash, and in it she seeks to find beauty found hidden in ordinary things. The project is made up of small sculptures of houses constructed from materials that Prídavková has found on the streets. She explains, “These are things nobody is interested in – wires, papers, components from televisions, sticks from lollipops, accessories and parts. I put them together to make an object. I want to show that not everything which is beautiful must necessarily be expensive… just ordinary.”
Another project that she is working on is called Grow Up. This installation features 26 handmade house inspired by Mallorca and the idea of newly known surroundings. It is based around architecture with a prevailing theme of genius loci – the spirit or character of a place. “The aim of the thesis is to invite people to my imaginary world and to introduce them to the atmosphere of the installation,” she explains.
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