Šimotová, Adriena / Facing the Wall
object, steel mesh, spray paint, 164 × 95 cm
Adriena Šimotová’s works from the 1980s are most typically associated with paper, a material which she approached from a conceptual perspective; however, she occasionally used other materials. Steel mesh was a relatively unusual choice of material for her, though her handling of the human figure is more typical. The “richer” colours (though they are still pastel shades) are also typical of her work in the 1980s. From the 1970s onwards her focus shifted substantially as she began to explore the human body as a constitutive artistic sign. After taking casts of body parts, Šimotová then applied sculptural modelling; this work is an example of that technique.