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Prague-based, Slovak artist Lena Zak mobilizes Abstract Expressionist-inspired strategies to create bold, gestural compositions that she refers to as “intense representations of emotion”. Spontaneity and raw feeling are key to her process, which is about navigating chaos and uncertainty in an effort to find balance.

 

Zak predominantly works in acrylic, but often combines other mediums in a single piece. Moreover, her signature practice consists of the use of non-traditional items instead of typical art brushes. Within her new body of work created during 2021, Zak started to focus on the exploration of similarities between the process of destruction and creation, merging both of these actions into the final artwork. 

 

Zak's artwork was so far exhibited in the capital cities of Europe like London, the UK, Lisbon in Portugal, or Athens in Greece. However, during the pandemic, she also participated in several virtual exhibitions. In 2020, Zak became an Exhibited Artist of British online gallerist IdeelArt with her paintings listed on well-known art marketplaces like Artsy, 1stdibs, Widewalls, The Artling, and more.

When asked about how she would describe her work, Zak says:

In my new body of work, I explore the close ties between the two seemingly opposite actions - the process of destruction and creation, while I also fully manifest the strong, uncensored emotions like rage, frustration, and anger. I became fascinated by the fact that to perform one of these actions essentially means to perform the other, and that it really is just about the point of view. There is, almost a poetic, level of irony to it. The same irony applies to the artwork itself, when the missing or destructed parts are playing a role that is as important, as the role of the parts that are actually there. It's the same irony that rules our world. The destruction that can tear one down, change lives for the worse, is at the very same time leaving an empty space behind. An emptiness that is left is painful but still - it gives one a chance to fill it again, and hopefully, to create better. After all, it's upon us how to see the parts that are missing, both from the artworks, and from our life”.

EXHIBITIONS:

Lena Zak is an ​Artist exhibited by IdeelArt (Online Gallerist, London, UK) — www.artsy.net/ideelart/artist/lena-zak

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