Monika Horčicová

Artist Interview

August 15, 2015
Monika Horčicová, born(1988) and raised in Prague, is an artist best known for her 3D-printed surrealistic skeletal pieces. She orientates bones in unusual, beautiful and surprising ways.

What inspires you? What inspired this piece/idea?

Last year I finished my studies at The Studio of Figurative Sculpture, and was inspired by the natural form of the human body. I’m interested in working with the real shapes of human body as a medium to express my thoughts.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

Many tools are important :-). I have my favorite spatula, for instance -- can’t do anything without it. Also, I often use mechanical tools such as a small milling machine and lots of abrasive canvases. Sometimes, though, it's sufficient to capture and put down ideas using just a pencil and a paper.

Name a couple of things that make you happy?

My partner, food, alcohol, music.

Are you working on any new projects these days?

Yes, finally. Now I've started to work again. A month ago, I finished some new projects. The Triennial Grenchen is one of the projects, which will start in September - in Switzerland. Currently, I've been working on a series called "Mosaics". I use a mobile application, which divided the images of sculptures into kaleidoscope patterns. It's fun!  Also I am working on other figural sculptures, which still has no title but it is similar series and inspired by my past work k1 (One of the series of Communication Cycle).

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You're working with tradition and technologies together. How does technology influence your work?  

As you can see through my work, I'm very enthusiastic about 3D technologies. Without it, some pieces could not hold their own as sculptures. I’m glad that I'm able to transform my ideas into objects via 3D technology. ^_^

Sometimes artists get obsessed with objects. I’ve seen a lot of bones in your work as a subject or element. What makes you so interested in bones? Would you elaborate?

I can say it's a skeletal motif.  Most of my works have the actual shape of bones as a foundation.  It's something that fascinates me. I used to see and work with the bone structures in my first years of studying (Studio of Sculpture). In my Studio of Sculpture class, we emphasis the bones and their functions. Then there's a general 'symbolism' of bone, which is basically a metaphor for life and death . How it effects us when we see a bone by itself or in a skeletal composition. I´m trying to convince the viewer (and myself) that death may not be so scary after all. Therefore, most of my compositions are simplified and the bones are stylized. Perhaps I might try to interpret things in light of my own mortality.

I see a lot of repetitive or cycling patterns in your work. Does it mean something emotionally or psychologically?

Maybe... Everything is connected to everything else…

Who is your intended audience?

I don't work with an intention to focus on a set group of people. I like it when someone is interested in my work because the feedback from the audience is always interesting. But it is not a high priority for me.

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