NEW YORK, August 21, 2003– From September 9 through October 22, the Queens College Art Center presents Traces on the Wall: Works on Paper by Metka Krašovec, watercolor and mixed media work by a widely exhibited artist. Ms. Krašovec, who lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is the recipient of the 1983 Jakopic Award, the highest national award for painting.
Included in the exhibition is a series of scrolls stretching most of the length of the gallery, which creatively use white, empty space and bits of color for a powerful effect. According to the art critic Tanja Mastnak, Krašovec's scrolls “are not merely a series on a particular theme, but are creating a rhythm, a movement and an activity in time…The artist visually presents this fragility of experience through drawings and watercolors that appear to be sketchy, fast and accidental. The figures are often unfinished, and seem tiny and fragile on the white vastness of the paper. Interventions of color preserve the sense of intimacy, of insight into a hidden world of inner poetry.”
Detail from watercolor on scroll, Untitled, by Slovenian artist Metka Krašovec
Of her own work the artist says, “My painting is a constant search against the tide. What I am looking for is the right form to express the inner sound I can hear and the light I can sense . . . When I came to a dead end in my painting around 1979, I started drawing and drew for two years, not understanding what was happening. All that was pent up inside me burst out—the collective past, the future, feelings, hopes, history, culture. These drawings generated a new cycle in my painting, and I still resort to drawing in moments of silence. They help me to open up and find contact with the creative stream. They materialize directly on paper without my will and without any previous idea or visualization. For me, they are akin to poetry, but without words. Through them I travel to the past and future in search of myself.”
Krašovec has studied in the U.S.A. as well as in London and Slovenia. She obtained two Master of Fine Arts degrees, one in painting and the other in printmaking, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. In 1999, she spent a month at the MacDowell Colony in Petersborough, New Hampshire. Since 1977 Krašovec has been teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. Her work is represented in several public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana.
The exhibit is sponsored, in part, by the Consulate General of Slovenia, New York, and the Queens College Office of Research and Graduate Studies.