Interviews | May 6, 2023 |

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Interview: Michaela Petrů
Luca Curci talks with Michaela Petrů during SUPERNATURAL, held in London at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.

Michaela Petrů graduated from Ava in the Malba III studio. M. Rittstein. The author has been dealing with painting from a different perspective for a long time and is researching its new forms and possibilities. An image can become an object, a game or part of a performance. Michaela Petrů is characterized by an optimistic and playful approach. It achieves visual changes in the image by involving the viewer.

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Luca Curci – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
Michaela Petrů – I paint ushualy my emotions, feelings and situation from my life. Throught painting I am get them out of me on canvas. It is kind od relaxation and therapy for my soul and I am very happy when I am working. My daily ritual is to make coffee in the morning and then start to paint.

LC – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
MP – In my paintings I am focused on figure, expresion of feelings and colours. From forein artist I like for example american pop art painter David Hockney for his figuration style and bright colours. Than I admire a German artist Neorauch, whose paintings mine the intersection of his personal history with the politics of industrial alienation. I like in his paintings strange atmosphere and bizard situations. Than from Czech artists my favorite are painters Lubomìr Typlt and Petr Nikl. Lubomír Typlt express emotion and feelings throught prominent colours and expressive brush strokes. I appreciate also Lucian Freud for his special intimity in paintings of nudes and portraits. In his work, he focused of inner personality of his models. From older art also norwish painter Edward Munch for his emotional portraits of women.

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LC – Among the several techniques you use, which one do you prefer to practice and which of them are most compelling for you?
– I am trying to move medium of painting futher out of the limits, painting can be without frame on the border of installation and picture. I like to experiment with possibilities of the medium of painting. I am creating picture by various techniques, for example from segments of magnets. Images become an interactive game and the viewer himself creates the visual content or plot of the story. I am also creating painting as an collage from coloured stickers on canvas or wooden base, but in the end I prefare to paint by normal acrylic colours by clasical way. My paintings are a social probe into society’s various subcultures, which I capture in imaginary scenes with a grotesque exaggeration. I am particularly interested in bizarre, relatable, gendered and social issues. Somethimes I combine “classic” acrylic and fluoroacrylic painting with colorful foils, which I prune, tape and thus create a kind of pop-art collage of comic figures or portraits.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MP – I love to create art, so I don’t have any problem with anything from sketch to realization. Most challenging is maybe just paint good propotions of figures as motives in my paintings.

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LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MP – I think that being an artist nowadays is very difficult from more reasons. Firstable is difficult to sell paintings and have some stable income from that. Secondary is for demanding arrangment of my exhibitions and transport of paintings.

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
MP – My installation “Create your ideal partner” is working interactively on the base of magnetic system. Visitors can create an image of their ideal partner by assembling magnetic elements. It consist from two gender parts. According to sexual orientation, the visitors can compose the picture of their ideal man or women. By side of installation there are in disposition concrete questions of main relation issues and tasks… In connection to theme “Supernatural” my work opens up wide possibilities of natural behavior and sexuality of human.

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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
MP – Theme of exhibition is very interesting. Idea of nature is opening different topics and motives. For me is to be natural very important. It can be nature, natural way of life, natural sexuality and human can be natural himself.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with ITSLIQUID GROUP?
MP – I really liked cooperating with you, also because the communication was quick.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
MP – I suggest it to everybody who wants to exhibit abroad!

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