About Alzbeta Jaresova
Born 1987, Prague, Czech Republic 2011 – 2012 MA Fine Art Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London, UK 2006 – 2009 BFA Painting and Drawing, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada 2008 – 2009 BA Fine Art, University of Hertfordshire, UK Lives and works in London, UK Artist’s Statement The visual narrative of my work is constructed by the subconscious dialogue between historical memory and the functioning of social structures; demonstrating their transformation and relevance in a present day context. Having been influenced by familial and collective memories of the socialist era in what used to be Czechoslovakia, I am interested in exploring the concepts of confinement, control and restriction within my work. The specific historical reference however, remains significant mostly on a personal level, as I equally aim to explore the counterparts to these notions within a contemporary context. As I perceive the structural, social, as well as psychological confinements from my own environment, I allow my subconscious to translate these ideas, merge them with personal and collective memories, into a specific visual language. I explore a figure-space relationship, where architecture becomes a primary symbol for social structure and control. I use both drawing and sculpture to investigate my conceptual concerns. Within my drawings, the protagonists are placed into enclosed structures, which exert, or simply suggest, a power over their gesture. The space and figure are both non-definitive and void of any tangible reference to time and place, which points to the metaphysical process of how these images are created in the mind. The sculptures take on the form of small-scale models, which together with their 2D counterparts, form an architectural proposal; a mock up for a hypothetical environment which is never intended to be realized. As I explore the concept of the architectural proposal, I play with notions of utopia vs. dystopia and reflect upon the relationship between architecture and political ideology. I try to direct the viewer into these reflections by methods of display, arranging my work into an environment that suggests a museum or architect’s studio; an environment where form and structure is observed and manipulated to express well-calculated obstacles and interventions.