Kmentová, Eva / Legs
asbestos cement, height 54 cm
This work is typical of one strand in Kmentová’s work, featuring casts of authentic fragments of living figures. She used casts of her own legs or those of her son, imprints or casts of fingers, and even an imprint of her own body in a crouching position. These casts of authentic parts of human bodies represented an important conceptual shift in Kmentová’s oeuvre. Craftsmanship in the original sense of the word is pushed somewhat to the margins, overshadowed by the use (and effect) of authentic casts and imprints. Legs – which can be considered a symbol of motion and, by extension, of freedom – are decontextualized from the body as a complete entity, thus emphasizing their symbolic meanings. Fragmentation and fixation represent a clear statement on and critique of the paralyzing effect of totalitarianism.