Šimotová, Adriena / Traces of Touch V
oil paint, paper, 55 × 45 cm
During the 1980s Adriena Šimotová made extensive use of imprints from human body parts, which she transformed into sculptured forms. Traces of Touch V characterizes Šimotová’s typically concise artistic language. In the background of the interpretation is the encoded principle of a processual, intimate and precise act – the touching or pressing of the human body. Touch was at the core of Šimotová’s approach to art: touch accompanies us throughout our lives at various levels of communication, and the same applies to Šimotová’s use of touch as a communicative sign. The pattern of bands evokes bars, suggesting connotations of the lack of freedom in a totalitarian regime.