Stitching Spaces by Sarka Darton
“The installation I am to present at Artrooms 2018 is unique. It is particular to the space of Meliā White House. For last three years of Artrooms I have been mesmerized by the public spaces of this wonderful building and pondered how I could incorporate its architectural elements and fixtures in to my art.
‘Stitching Spaces’ (the Umbrella name of the three part installation) stands on my past work and on the continuing academic and social research together with new experiences spawned from extensive travel and work in several international galleries and venues.
These involvements jointly generated new ideas and opened new opportunities for development.
‘Stitching Spaces’ is drawing inspiration from works of a number of international contemporary female artists (among others, Mona Hatoum and the sister duo of Shadia and Raja Alem) whose practice is in a conceptual field and who typically use large architectural spaces to exhibit their site specific sculptures and installations.
The new ‘Stitching Spaces’ installation I am to present in January at Art Rooms 2018 is continuing with the visual language of the previous works where the multiple oversized hand forged steel needles are being used as a metaphor for our society.
The towering steel sculptures are juxtaposed by delicate vibrant silk threads.
Delicate, colourful threads are in this case symbolic of the diversity and permeability of the environments we build and of the ever-changing time and space that we occupy.”
Šárka Darton is a Czech-born artist, whose multimedia practice explores the relationships between people, places and architecture, examining the notion of identity in the context of our occupation of ever-changing space and time. Her work is held in private and corporate collections in the UK and internationally.
Šárka studied Art and Design in SUPS Turnov, Czech Republic, specialising in stonecutting and engraving before winning an academic scholarship to study enamelling at Dresden School of Art and Design, Germany in 1987.
After a short career as a restorer of paintings and wooden sculptures at the Museum of Eastern Bohemia, Czech Republic Šárka moved to the UK in 1993 where she studied jewellery and fashion design. In 2005 she graduated from the University of Chichester with a first-class degree in Fine Art and in 2015 Šárka has been awarded MFA (Masters of Fine Art) from University of Sussex, UK.
The artist won several international awards including the over all first prize at Italian Triennale in Verona last year. In 2016 she was selected for a WAW (Woman’s Art World) project in the National Museum of Marrakesh.
Her work is held in several private collections worldwide and was exhibited in a number of prestige’s international venues, such as RCA London, Pall Mall Galleries London, The Louvre-Paris, Uffizi-Florence, Museum of Modern Art Barcelona, La Vaccarrela Gallery Rome, Pallant House Gallery Chichester, and this year 57th Venice Biennale.