My work explores the concept of space and memory of place through photography, painting and film. I always had an interest in psychology, how our external experiences shape us into our own unique identities and provide us with information about our inner selves. Research into the area of neuroscience is allowing me to better comprehend the way I think, see, and interact with the outside world.
The creative process starts with setting up a staged photography, often composed from everyday objects. Using photoshop as a post-production turns the imagery to intriguingly painterly digital works. My understanding of new technologies and the rebellious ‘abuse’ of digital tools is pushing photography as a medium out of its traditional boundaries. The merging of apps, screenshotting and interlacing of different programs creates a fresh, dynamic body of work that generates a philosophical questioning. The digital archive is then used to create quick studies of slowly unfolding abstract paintings in oil and acrylic. The aim of my practice is to closely observe and embrace the great tension between these two mediums yet harmonize them through collages and installation work.
I find inspiration in post-war 1920s and ‘30s avantgarde photographers such as László Moholy-Nagy, Albert RengerPatzsch, El Lissitzky and Man Ray. My practice is also informed by the writings of Dylan Trigg, Professor of New Media Peter Krapp, Robin Hawes and Dr. Tim Hodgson, Carl Gustav Yung, Oliver Sacks, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze and by literature that explores philosophy through film
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Sona Smedkova was born in the Czech Republic in 1984. After graduating in Hotel Management and Tourism there, Sona left for Ireland where she discovered a passion for art. Uncertainty and lack of experience in the art world, pressured Smedkova to take a courageous step into a new, unknown life of travelling. She gained valuable life skills and experiences spending time in Spain and the UK, but most importantly found new strength to study and become an artist. She returned to Ireland and has recently graduated with a first class Honours degree in Contemporary Art from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMIT, Galway .
Her work explores the concept of space and memory of place, mostly described through photography, painting and film. In 2010, before her travels, Smedkova was part of a number of group exhibitions in Galway, curated by Margaret Nolan under the title Space Invaders. In 2019 she took part in the exhibition Coast, a survey of work of 3rd year graduates from CCAM. Currently, she is a part of curating team for an upcoming exhibition for all CCAM contemporary art graduates, which will take place later this year. She is also a founder of new art collective T.E.C.A.