Interview: Radka Vom
Luca Curci talks with Radka Vom during the 11th edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022 at Palazzo Bembo.
Radka Vom (Radka Vomáčková Čaplová) was born on November 5th 1976 in Prague. Studied at a grammar school, a local medical college, took language courses both in Prague and Oxford, 4 semesters at the Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague. In 2005 she moved to Bratislava in Slovakia, where she lived and worked till 2020. In Bratislava she took art courses at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design with Mgr. Art. E. Vargová and individual lessons with Patricia Koyšová and Simona Kršňáková. Radka Vom took part in many exhibitions in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy and Ukraine. Since 2020 she lives in Prague, where she continues in her work. She has two daughters.
Her work was described by an art historian PhDr. Bohumír Bachratý, Csc: “Landscape inspirations and paintings, putting the invisible on the map. Inner feelings, states of body and mind, moods and the visions of the painter both in the landscape and soul.” Radka Vom herself says about her work the following: “I´m fascinated and inspired by the landscape, but not only the natural one, also by a city landscape or our inner landscape. By its individual life independent from us, the way it changes and affects us and how we affect it on the contrary, how it all looks from the outside.”
Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Radka Vom – I’m planning a solo exhibition in Bratislava (Slovakia), so that is my main topic now. It hasn’t any compact topic, more likely it’s a compilation of my previous works so I can make my own choices. Most of all I’m inspired by emotions and landscape, feelings, colors and structures around us and inside us. How it permeates and sways. It’s visible in all my work. I usually work on two separate pieces which are connected through colors and topic. I enjoy if there is something already proceeded on the first piece and continues deeper in the second one, but they can also stand independently.
LC – What is art for you?
RV – For me art is freedom. Need. And fulfilment. It’s the activity that fulfils me absolutely. The process of creating makes my soul fly away. I work with the subconscious and expression a lot. It’s deliberating. I love the process from the very beginning till the end. And the result is just a final bonus.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
RV – Artists have never had it easy. There are some exceptions, of course, but generally, art is a very individual issue, both from the artist’s and consumers’ points of view. That´s where all the pros and cons come from. We live in the era of social media that enables it to be seen by everyone, so it´s very difficult to distinguish. On the other hand, it´s a big opportunity and that´s amazing. I think that in the past no artist had the possibility to address so many people within his or her lifetime.
LC -How do you choose your subjects? Is it reasoned or is it an instinctive process?
RV – It’s mostly instinctive. Something has to “speak” to me and make me feel like working with it for some reason. Sometimes I only have some kind of impression I want to proceed or evoke, sometimes I just want to paint so I go ahead, let the things just happen and I only adjust it.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
RV – My feelings are sort of indifferent. I feel fantastic and excited, but at the same time, I’m sad that it’s over. The finish is always a bit tricky. To finish the piece at the right time is sometimes demanding, I feel forced to complete it, rework it, and make it perfect. And then I can miss the right moment and spoil it all. I always control the finish carefully.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
RV – I really like your vision. It’s great to look for new artists across various genres, areas and countries and give them a chance to present their work abroad, even at a different part of the world. The themes of the exhibition are very interesting, multilayered and inspiring.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
RV – The “With every heartbeat” series is literally my heart issue. I made them during a turbulent life change. The piece called “The butterfly effect” comes from the same series and it´s the main one. I have been fascinated by the butterfly effect ever since I learned about it. I like to play with this idea in my mind, I develop it and apply it to different aspects of life. The “Tenderness” from the same series is an introvert piece, maybe little shy, but at the same time I wanted a discreet tender women power to shine through there. The “Eye” came up from the same feelings, but it’s more open, a sort of mesmerizing.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artist?
RV – Definitely. ITSLIQUID Group organizes exhibitions and events at wonderful venues in many countries all around the world. It’s a great opportunity for all kinds of artists.
LC – What are your suggestion about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
RV – ITSLIQUID Group service is great. That’s all I can say. Just maybe although we live in the digital age, it would be fine to have something real in our hands connected with the exhibition. A catalogue maybe, a brochure a magazine. At least for the artists to store it in their library as a memory of this beautiful exhibition, or to show it to their guests, that would be pleasant.