Synkroniciti is thrilled to welcome back Slovak visual artist Radoslava Hrabovská. This time she presents two sets of works, which we accompany with an article entitled “Of Women and Children: The Power of Memory and Traditional Art Forms in the Work of Radoslava Hrabovská.” “Interrupto Silentio I and II,” a pair of woven linocut prints, reflect on motherhood, feminine creativity, and memory. Images taken from photographs have been printed, cut into strips and sewn back together with linen/flax thread, creating something like an embroidered memory. You might say that our minds weave and embroider memory all the time. Radka’s process contains overtones of kintsugi, the Japanese art of beautifying broken pottery. Texture and contrast meet memory in an extremely compelling way, reaching back to the textiles and quilts made by women for millennia and imbuing them with an academic sensibility and new power. “The second cycle is focused on drawing and is inspired by children’s drawings.” “Parking,” “Bike,” and “Raven and Fox,” integrate detailed drawing with line drawing. There are emotional and archetypal subjects that are revealed more readily in the childlike drawings than the more academic ones. “Raven and Fox” is based on the fable by Aesop and speaks of the lies that drugs tell the psyche. It’s an emotional piece for her as it recalls a time when her son was in treatment for addiction and it was unclear if he would get better.
Experience Radka’s art and learn about her philosophy in our September 1st issue, “Broken,” available for purchase here: https://synkroniciti.com/the-magazine/purchase-individual-issues/.
Radoslava (Radka) Mončeková Hrabovská is a Slovak visual artist working with a variety of materials. She lives in the small village of Bojničky, known for its wine. Often people from larger cities and countries think that her address is spelled wrong as Bojničky does not have street names. There are around 500 houses, including apartment buildings. It is this small village with a beautiful environment and a small number of houses that gives inspiration, love for nature and dreams to many. For Radka, inspiration from the environment is transformed into creation. Connecting the external and internal environments creates an interesting dialogue in images. And sometimes people in the world outside of Bojničky can hear this visual dialogue. Radka has already exhibited in various countries in America, Europe, and Asia.