Štěpánka Šimlová: Years of Levitations

Štěpánka Šimlová (*1966) is a member of the dynamic generation of artists that entered the art scene during the 1990s, and whose contribution has been characterized by an active involvement of young women artists. Personally and as an artist, Šimlová is free from any sign of ostentation, doting primarily on introspection, “operating” within a “transit zone” of her own where the prime pursuit is oriented not so much towards the creation of a definitive, showy art work, but is much rather concerned with a sensitive reflection of reality. The moving force which engenders the sense of inner cohesion and continuity of her work is the artist’s stubbornly oscillating search for an appropriate angle of perception.

The current exhibition in the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, presenting mostly Šimlová’s recent output, is focused dually, on her treatments of several specific private themes inspired by the artist’s personal experience in the light of her own “feminine standpoint,” and on works tackling subjects drawn from the present-day reality.