Monday 14 May 5-6 pm, talk: Art Under Communism in Czechoslovakia in 1960s-90s
Friday 18 May 4-5 pm, clay workshop: Making a fertility Goddess
I exhibited my first few drawings at Mind in Cowley in 2016. I contributed several oil paintings to a group exhibition at the Psychedelic Circus at the Cellar in Oxford in September 2016 and at the Psychedelic Saturnalia at EOCC Oxford in December 2017.
In 2018 I will also be exhibiting two ceramic figures at The Fairtrade at St Michaels Artweeks Exhibition Sat 12th - Sat 19th May during the shop's opening hours 10-5. http://www.fairtradeatstmichaels.co.uk/
The statuettes are from my series “Female power” and are called “Autochtonous Power” and “Indigenous Love”. Why? Because all women are intrinsically strong, powerful and beautiful. Still our society and culture too often deny their power and natural beauty. Many indigenous communities have had better appreciated the contribution of women to the communal well being and economic prosperity. Indeed women play an enormous role in lifting their families and whole communities from poverty. By supporting women, fair trade initiatives improve economic sustainability as well as gender equality. Women are powerful and beautiful. Yes! Please support fair trade to support women and the wellbeing of all. Subhamastu sarva jagatam.
I was born in 1962 in Prague, Czechoslovakia and grew up under communism, which was harsh as both my parents were non-conformist artists and life was more of a struggle than joy. I had to learn how to survive, and play, and fight. After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, I worked in education, business and charitable sectors. I found my purpose in human rights advocacy defending educational rights of Romani and Gypsy children. After a visiting fellowship at University of Cambridge in late 90s, I started to teach at Charles University in Prague and became an academic/researcher, which eventually brought me to Oxford in 2002 and 2004. I fell in love, relocated and started a comfortable life in one of the most democratic and richest countries in the world. A decade later I became depressed which brought me to art and its healing power. So I became an artist and closed the cycle that started in 1972 when a primary school teacher praised my art creations.
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