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Dopitová, Milena / Soft skills / Jump

2017

mixed technique, textile, wood, 180 × 230 × 70 cm

purchased 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture

The project Soft skills (first presented at the Polansky Gallery) comprised a series of objects that were tailor-made for gallery display. The basic structural unit in the object entitled Jump is a frame, which defines the individual compositions and enables them to explore variability within it. The soft, patient, handcrafted quality of the object both melds together and obscures its possible messages. The object creates a communicative space in which “soft skills” can exist: the ability to cooperate and negotiate, self-awareness, willingness to take risks, analogy-based thinking, decision-making in conditions of uncertainty, formation of social networks, openness, and flexibility.

In the Soft skills series, Dopitová covers spatial objects with coloured cloth. This softens the structure (the shape), and the red/brown/pink colour scheme lends a feminine perspective. The ramp leading into a wall, or the screen (or obstacle), may evoke women’s role in contemporary society, which often forces women to be more ambitious, to engage in fierce, predatory “running” and “jumping”. The wall may symbolize the archetypal nature of a woman, or the obstacle which feminine energy places in the path of masculine society.

DOPITOVÁ MILENA

(1963, Šternberk) A conceptual artist who works with various media – photography, sculpture, installations, video, and body art. She studied under Milan Knížák at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts (1986–1994). In the 1990s she travelled abroad for a number of residences, especially in the USA. In 2002 she participated in the prestigious International and Curatorial Program in New York. She has won several major awards, such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1997) and the Michal Ranný Prize (2011). She was a member of the (now-defunct) “Monday” group. Dopitová is a social artist; she is associated with the emergence of Czech feminist art (or gender-focused art in general). Her work addresses issues connected with human life – death, ageing, and pain. Her more recent works have been somewhat more positive, moving away from weighty existential problems such as death and birth. Her installations combine a range of different media and materials. She takes everyday items (such as chairs or hairdressers’ hood dryers) and covers them in cloth or weaves threads around them (made of wool or cactus leaves). Although Dopitová has been described as a feminist artist, she also explores (with a level of intimacy that is typical of her work) the world of men, viewing them from a personal perspective (as a mother or partner) as well as from a broader gender perspective.
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