In her studio at Pragovka in Prague, CZ, Installation Artist Petra Hudcova and I discussed doubt, self doubt, self fulfilling prophecies, work life balance, side hustles, the need to take a break, being appreciated, abstraction, self confidence, arrogance, vulnerability, being vulnerable, funding, artist residencies, application writing, art speak, sincerity, production costs, cost of production, barrier to entry, abandoned buildings, economic development, gentrification, how to write artist statements, dumbing things down, cycle of popularity, being modest, and sexism.
Petra Hudcová was born in Prague. She lived in Great Britain from 1994, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree from Leeds Metropolitan Univesity, and in 2006 completed her Master’s Degree at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. She currently lives and works in Prague.
I am interested in a paradox associated with our perception and experience of the world.
It has to do with our desire to apprehend, grasp and define strong, climactic moments, despite the fact that the experience breaks through our habitual codes that have determined what we have been living before. Most of my artistic work is an attempt to capture this ambivalent experience and the feelings attendant to it. Part of my creative process is producing collages that include photos, drawings and manipulation techniques working with projection and light. These heterogeneous approaches reflect various spatial perceptions and put together they yield an overall picture that deconstructs the habitual perception of reality.
In her work, Petra Hudcová examines our desire to experience important and evanescent moments in life, and their permanence in time. Her work consists of attempts to capture these ambivalent experiences and related feelings. Her basic building blocks are images – drawings and photographs that she has been working on over the long term. She manipulates these images of the external world, natural scenes and lately also architecture, into abstract spatial video collages. She crosses over into a spatial environment using installations, based on communication of three-dimensional objects with video and the use of light. These methods reflect diverse spatial and temporal impressions, and above all the desire to stop and lock them, and then to give these associative images a different temporality and rhythm that decomposes the feeling of time’s linear passage.
-Curator: Zuzana Bitalová