8 June - 16 July 2021

Katarína janečková walshe:
The importance of maintaining flexibility

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In her new exhibition, Katarína Janečková Walshe turns to the theme of two people’s relationship and partnership. Apart from caring for each other, a relationship involves a certain competitiveness, or battle between two principles, in this case personified by a nude beauty and a brawny bear. This broad-minded European painter of nude women comes together with a Texan bearlike cowboy, with all the stereotypes he got from both nature and nurture. This very theme of male-female relationship stereotypes is something Katarína has been addressing almost from the start of her career. Now she’s developing it in the characteristic setting of American “small-town” life, as Corpus Christi, where she paints, is a town large in area but with many attributes of provincial thinking, and this contradiction has gotten sharper in her newer pictures. She herself however calls this competition (between man and woman for control of the situation) an “affectionate battle”, the woman often winning with her wits, cleverness, tenderness, or feminine powers. For women can be very strong, even winning against men.

Katarína has characteristically called this exhibition The Importance of Maintaining Flexibility… The exhibition curator Juliana Mrvová says of Katarína’s work: “She ever more contemplates how we in relationships accommodate to another without losing ourselves, or losing our own strong positions. In her pictures this ‘nip and tuck’ game has a definite sexual undertone, not just in the obvious sense because of the nude figures, but also in the tension we perceive of domination and submission, or the other potential constellations in love, sex, and life.”