Kotrba, Marius / Cradle
bronze, height 84 cm, width 85 cm, depth 82 cm
purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture
This bronze sculpture (or rather combination of sculptural pieces) is a characteristic example of Kotrba’s fondness for simplified, stylized figural representation. The dynamic motion of the sculpture is enclosed within a circle; it consists of the limbs and heads of two figures combined to form a single structural entity. It is not entirely clear whether these figures are wrestling or making love. Perhaps they are doing both. We are thus confronted with a lack of information – a situation which characterizes human life in general. From our birth, we are thrust into a permanent nexus of relationships, dialogues, and often struggles. Our entire existence is thus a dynamic concentration of connections and interconnections. Like Kotrba’s figures, we grow into each other as human beings. The sculpture carries an ambivalent message. On the one hand it evokes dependency and interconnection, on the other hand the struggle to free ourselves.