Her oeuvre shifted from the poetry of the body, sensuality and animality to transformation when the material body receded and there remained a metaphysical bond created against time and against physical finiteness, as can be seen in the work Permeation (1985). The linking of the techniques of drawing and perforation consummate the work’s spirituality. The consistency and individuality of her oeuvre make Adriena Šimotová an outstanding figure of European art.
(1924, Praha – 2014, Praha)
The painter and sculptor Adriena Šimotová attended the State School of Graphic Arts, Prague (1942–1945) and the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in the studio of Josef Kaplický (1945−1950). She was a member of the UB 12 and G7 groups. Her work was associated with the New Figuration movement. Characteristic subject matter were stories of the human body, her paintings focusing on the intimacy of daily rituals which culminated in the celebratory Make–up (1969) or on the human body in extreme situations, the body that is mortal but also resistant to its physical transience. The need to capture fleeting changes led her to change her artistic medium. She partly abandoned painting techniques in favour of new means of expression, and paper became the medium that she found most congenial, since paper was just as fragile and transient as the human body.
Also symbolic were the techniques she used: layering, perforation, crumpling and frottage. Her works are records of moments experienced with symbolic effect. Gradually as colour was abandoned in her sculptural works and drawings and they became apparently simpler, so also the subject matter and mode of expression changed. Everyday banality gave way to more momentous levels of creation in which personal tragedy combines with the capacity for profound experience (Fading Forms, 1997).
The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine