Tomáš Smetana Collages
“Sad people should be mourning.” Václav Stratil
Tomáš Smetana started making collages in 2016. It was the year when he divorced, and his father died. In these collages, it is the loss of one’s nearest and dearest that speaks. The state when we perceive our invisible protective cover is alive and disturbed. We can feel its parts shifting by the need to move the lithospheric plates. Changes are irreversible. The more vulnerable and less attractive to others at that time, the more we can open ourselves to ourselves and do what we need to.
Tomáš Smetana devoted himself to grief and collages. He seized upon his original drawings full of reflections and mirrorings; photographs of his father, mother and children; works by kindred artists and friends (Jan Merta, Jiří Středa, Luboš Plný and Balthus). He cut them up, moved them around, glued and xeroxed them; he converted color drawings into black and white variants and vice versa. The resulting collages are like a labyrinth of private history on which a cone of light falls after dark and shows the way out.
I thank Michal Jirát from Tábor for digital prints of the reproductions of my drawings, which he provided at no cost. Tomáš Smetana
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