Zdenek Janda

I adapted medieval painting recipes from Cennino Cennini (II Libro dell Arte, ca.1398) and applied them to the detailed execution of my work. With modern materials I completed the technical aspects of the artwork were it would be most effective.

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At the Beginning There Was Stone

Words from the artist

I painted two stones as a study into a sudden flash of thought I received . I painted them, one hanging above the other. Oh dear, my inspiration. These stones were different from the heavy lying ones. There will forever be tension between them. Stones levitate. It was my first stimulus and it needed to be considered. From stones still life emanates, from stones human drama can be created. By arranging stones and other various components into mutual combinations, chords of feeling can be created. These cords of feeling radiate the human experience.

I create new shapes with my fantasy and onto empty stages I place the players of dramatic experience; puppets; stony mountains; sand; wood; metal…myself the scenarist, costume designer, lighting technician, director. My own Commedia dell Monde.

I create not for an admiration of the past, but for the fulfillment of desiring the creation of something eternal in this hastily changing world. This creation will resist the influence of time, opinion and technology. I create intimate works forming their own world by using only the imagination. Silence in the middle of noise.

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