Zuzka Vaclavik, Thirst
January 10 to February 14
reception: Saturday, January 10, at 7pm
Zuzka Vaclavik’s mesmerizing mixed media paintings have an affinity to early American Modernist works and Asian and Jungian mandala designs. Vaclavik’s mandalas maintain an important central element with patterns, colors and objects radiating from the central “self.” They each possess an intense dreamlike quality and seem to reference an internal, subconscious process. The title of the exhibition, Thirst, refers to the desire to unravel these subconscious mysteries.
Vaclavik combines elements of graffiti, textile patterns, botanical illustrations, tattoos, and Eastern religion converging in a symmetrical matrix. These are the objects that she has placed within her kaleidoscopic chamber. She states:
"Each painting, a captured moment within the rotation, functions as a focused meditation on these seemingly disparate fragments of our shared experience. Ultimately, I believe that oneness is the [heart of the paintings]."