Kmentová, Eva / Three Leaves
cast pewter, patinated, 47 × 50 × 4 cm
In 1973 Kmentová created a plaster relief entitled Three Leaves. After her death, her partner Olbram Zoubek (likewise a sculptor) had a pewter cast made using the relief as a mould. The relief is typical of Kmentová’s work from the late 1950s and early 60s, when she suppressed three-dimensional forms. In 1965 she began creating imprints of found objects; these were the precursors to her (better-known) imprints of fragments of the human body.
Kmentová repeatedly used imprints of parts of the human body – hands, palms, fingers, soles – as well as natural motifs such as apples or leaves. These acted as symbolic motifs that speak to the viewer through the raw authenticity of the original, unadorned forms.