Altough I choose any media or technique I percieve as the most appropriate at the moment, and I use my paintings in the installations conceptualy and quite unconventially, painting as a medium and more importantly as a way of seeing, is still the main platform of my creative approach. Every exhibition, or even a participation in a group show, is a coherent
project, for which I prepare comprehensive situation with inner relations. My
goal is to transfer the visual perceptions and emotions, which are, in my
perception, connected with the idea I work on.
My diploma from three years
ago (Everything What Is at Present And Why Is Quattrocento Seriously
Contemporary, 2016) dealt with principles that connect artefacts of Italian
quattrocento with current painting trends. However, it was not just a formal
parable but a relativization of time flow which I tried to create by removing
the so called “airbag” between an image and a viewer. This basic motive, i.e.
the polemic over the relationship of man to the flow of time, has stabilized in
my thinking over the three years I have spent actively on the art scene. I
believe that my distrust of human perception of history has been projected in
my creative approach even before the diploma. Even the painting technique I use
relativizes the benchmark of human life as our natural timer. Even though this
slow way painting did have a specific trigger, it became my natural language
after all. My painting form has developed from depicting my
own mineral collection that I have had since my childhood. Each thin
tier of oil colour that I create by miniscule movements of the tiniest brush
possible, leaves behind a layer that
initially imitated geologic sedimentation of material. As this method perfectly
depicts my philosophical understanding of the world, it has become my
natural language. My recent works are often related to historic motives
and content links as well. They are not mere interpretations of classical works
but rather targeted ignorance of deep-rooted distance. Naturally, this polemic
over time distances has spread also to geographic kriteria in sense of cultural
origin (like in „hot sand between the sandal and the foot“, 2019, Zahorian Van
Espen, Prague or Too Close To Far project, 2020, Prám, Prague). We perceive history and the geopolitical situation as a given
reality, but I try to show the audience that time is not just linear and our
society concept is not as stable as it may seem.
In my diploma project mentioned in the first paragraph, I tried to create unusual parallels, which I stated in the theoretical part. There was one I still think of. I found out that there is a connection between the post-Gutenberg acceleration of the dissemination of visual motifs and the current super-acceleration of visual perception thanks to the internet. We all follow the same blogs and instagram accounts. Thus, it is not that suprising that I feel more connected with some foreign art scenes, no matter there is just a virtual connection for now. I guess it is because my interest in borderline between the western and the eastern civilization, that I feel a connection with many Middle-Eastern artists or those with such roots. For example, I appreciate the work of Jordan Nassar, Arghavan Khosravi, Wael Shawky or Michael Rakowitz. I also like the creative strategy of Camille Henrot, David Czupryn, Christoph Knecht and I am grateful for the path established by Kiki Smith, Judy Chicago and the Czech genius and feminist Toyen.
Besides my own art practice, I also curate shows of other artists. I started to curate in 2012, when we opened k.art.on gallery with my
husband, artist Ondřej Basjuk. Altough our small space focused on works
on/of/with paper closed due to the gentrification of Karlin neighborhood in 2015, I actually didn’t have a
pause in curating. On a regular basis, I curate exhibitions of foreign residents
in Prám studio in Prague (from 2018 till now). My fellow artist colleagues ask me to curate their shows from time to time too. I think, this connection with curating has opened my own
creative strategy to new approaches on one hand and on the other it refined my personal focus.
Despite of being labelled mostly as a painter, I don’t feel
that usual pressure of the machistic clichés, which are, in my opinion,
strongly connected with painting itself. And especially within the Czech art
scene. You can often hear that the larger the painting, the better. I think that
my focus on small formats on wood or any other minuscule work and a special sense
for inner relations, historical links and my ability of working in any media
possible and of preparing particular choreography for each project, is something
I can rely on.
Recently, I find specific collaborations with other artists very important for my own practice and for the whole art scene as well.
Altough I usually create a whole project with a research behind it and my exhibitions often look like very strictly built compositions, suprisingly, the image of the situation mostly appears quite intuitively on my mind. Since my art practice creates one stream with my life, the topics and motifs of my shows come very naturally. I usually got inspired by something I have red in the news or an ancient artwork connects with some recent emotions in the society. I percieve the art from ancient to baroque as very conceptual. They always used particular materials and colors, which had a specific meaning. I tend to work in the same manner.
Otto M. Urban, ed. Blanka Čermáková: Vanity Fair – Diplomanti Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze 2016
Radek Wohlmuth: Prism, GAVU Cheb, 2016
Lenka Sýkorová: Nezávislé kurátorství ve volném čase, FUD UJEP, 2016
Petra Mazáčová: Inventura, Galerie Klatovy Klenová, 2016
Eva Skopalová: Ananké, Holešovická Šachta, Praha, 2018
Julia Lara Gerke, Julia Carolin Kothe: Chains, CCA & Kunsthochschule Mainz, 2019
ed. Nika Kupyrova, Salon Goldschlag: Your Delicious Dreaming, Vídeň, 2019
Laura Amann: Our Bodies So Soft, Our Lives So Epic, Fait Gallery, Brno, 2019
ed. Šárka Koudelová: Too Close To Far, Studio Prám, 2020
Koudelová's own texts (selected 2013 - 2020):
Memento Me – Ondřej Basjuk, catalogue text, published by Galerie U Betlémské kaple, 2019
Too Close To Far, Koudelová's exhibition project with 7 guests artists, catalogue published by Studio Prám, 2020
Media (selected 2014 - 2020):
Wohlmuth, Radek: Šárka Koudelová, In: Art & antiques 10/2014, str. 75.)
Kašparová, Bára Alex: Šárka Koudelová a Ondřej Basjuk , In: Artikl 7/2020, str. 1
Pecháčková, Mariana: Nový Salon – Současná česká a slovenská malba bez mužů, In: A2 č. 15/2020, str. 15