I’m the Land, You are the Sea
SODA Gallery / BRATISLAVA (Slovakia)
13.04.2019 – 10.05.2019
Lucia Tallová (1985) connects the classic medium of painting with spatial installations, objects, collages, photographs, creating both a thoughtful and a material connection between the elaborated themes and techniques. Increasingly, it moves into space, and when the painting remains ubiquitous and still dominant, the places abstain in an intuitive gesture. Artist developed the theme of the archive in the form of a spatial specific installation of wooden shelves and racks occupied by collages, objects, paintings, old photographs and albums under which Tallová told the fictional stories of anonymous people. Artist work often possesses the character of collages, of archives in which new systems are determined by storing and rearranging various materials. She manipulates and interprets the residue, the remains of her work, often, in her view, the material that is visually useless, yet not thrown away: she gives it the right to a new existence and create fictional archive. The subject of a personal archive also refers to the artist's collection and collection of old photographs, albums, postcards, porcelain, stones and various bizarre objects and furniture, a troublesome objects that they subsequently manipulate and transform. They are made of a working material and a tool, underlined by layering and repeating its distinctive motifs and symbols, such as the black ink, the tear of colour, the dust and smoke particles, blurred horizons, ribbons or flowers as strong symbols of femininity, nostalgia and sentiment. The female figure becomes the central theme of the redesigned story of black and white photographs. The artist deliberately exploits mistakes in photographs - blurry, erroneous, blurred images, bad compositions, flaws and mistakes in making them, and the impact of time and patina on photographic papers. These errors accentuate, overlap, and transform through painting and collage. Archiving and diary comes from a long term repetitive need and it should capture dailiness. Even the most absolute form of archive is nothing more than author´s personal estimation and his or her choice of moments. The moments worth archiving, memories and the rest chosen to be forgotten.