Dopitová, Milena / Soft skills / Jump
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.