Eva Suhajek (1996) is a painter and installation artist from Prague, Czech Republic, living and working in London, UK.
In my artwork the undigested mental content of the day creates new situations where different forms meet to create alternatives to what we know. My on-going subject is painting going beyond its frame. I am blending the distinction between 2D/3D and make use of colours, patterns and forms to create large-scale painterly installations. The crucial element in my painting language is the performance of colour as a spiritual force that causes an immediate emotional response.
I am interested in playful engagement with the audience. Playfulness is a key approach in my artistic practice, but equally my understanding and perception of the world as such. I look at it as a tool for emancipation, a tool for becoming liberated from social and political restrictions. By creating encounters in forms of installations in public space as well as formal institutions I am continuing to explore the moment when play happens. This moment of participation is an ephemeral and hard to describe instance, where one is present and open to carefree engagement.
Inseparable from my work is my love of poetry - one of my favourite forms of play, using words and emotions to incapsulate personal meaning. I use it as a form of my emotional research and as a tool to listen carefully and empathetically to my soul. My poems reflect my in-depth experience in this world and complement and support my art practice.
My work is informed by concepts of Jungian Analysis such as dreams, symbols, active imagination or Sandplay therapy. My relationship to Jungian Analysis developed through my interest in Sandplay therapy- a nonverbal, therapeutic intervention that makes use of a sandbox, toy figures, and sometimes water, to create scenes of miniature worlds that reflect a person’s inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns. Through the tangible emergence of personal and archetypal symbols, Sandplay has the possibility of leading the client into layers of experience that are often preverbal and long forgotten to the conscious mind.
I can see art installations having a capacity to act as sanctuaries for contact with the unconscious world out of which can emerge a real healing experience. This goes beyond the traditional understanding of art in a pluralistic environment of artistic practice, curating and psychotherapy.
2019-2021 Royal College of Art, MA: Painting
2016-2019 University of the Arts London - Wimbledon College of Art: BA Hons: Painting
2011-2016 Secondary Professional School of Applied Arts, Prague
2020- LUDICRUM PLAYARIA – Chelsea Landing Space, London (UK) Solo Show
2020- RCA WIP SHOW- Sackler Building, Royal College of Art Battersea, London (UK)
2020- RAPHAEL, Remaking History- British Museum, London (UK) – group exhibition
PragArtworks, Velvet Edition, Prague (Czechia) – group exhibition
Symposium Novum, Nove Zamky, Slovakia- group exhibition
Wimbledon College of Art, Degree show- London UK
Medicine Gallery, PLAY- London (UK)- group exhibition
Copeland Gallery, For Love or Money, London (UK) - group exhibition
Wimbledon College of Art, Interim Show, London (UK) - group exhibition
Con Artists, Manhattan, New York (USA)- group exhibition
Chelsea Cookhouse, London (UK)- group exhibition
The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (USA) - group exhibition
SHED London, Haggerston, London (UK) - group exhibition
2016- The Skipfood Tree, Bristol (UK) - site specific installation
2016- GRID gallery, Prague (Czechia) - group exhibition
2014- Misenska gallery, Prague (Czechia) - group exhibition
2014- Skabetka Artspace, Prague (Czechia) - exhibition
Residencies and symposiums
2019 INTERNATIONAL PAINTING SYMPOSIUM: SYMPOSIUM NOVUM: Nove Zamky,SK
2018 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – CON ARTISTS: New York, United States
4/2018 Artist in Residence – Con Artists, New York- Manhattan
2014/15 Year abroad - South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Wise Campus, Bristol - Foundation diploma in Art&Design
3/2014 Erasmus Project Leonardo da Vinci - Birmingham Metropolitan College - Diploma Europass
2019- Understanding abstraction, Drawing Negative Space – my drawing workshop at the British Museum
2019- Pushing Paper, Artist Perspective: my workshop at the Pushing Paper drawing exhibition at the BM, aiming to actively engage visitors.
2019- Completion of artist-led workshop programme- with the Bridget Riley Art Foundation at the British Museum The project aimed to train artists to research within the Prints and Drawings collection of the British Museum.
Curatorial events since 2019
PLAYGROUND – in collaboration with Mircha Ivens mmersive pop-up, diy and experimental art festival created by artists for artist where the audience gets to be the protagonist..
PAINTING TONGUES – in collaboration with Duncan John.
Platform for cross-media collaborations between poets and visual artists.