This beautiful book on Slovak artist, Maria Bartuszova (1936-1996) will introduce readers to the ethereal and other-worldly forms that dominate her oeuvre as well as exploring her influence in a broader global and political context. Discovering her talent in Prague in the ceramic studios at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Bartuszova went on to pioneer the techniques used in experimental and abstract plaster casting. Creating unique methods such as 'gravistimulated' and 'pneumatic' casting, Bartuszova defined the world of sculpture on her own terms. From rain drops and eggs, to parts of the human body, Bartuszova was interested biomorphology and how she could use the organic nature of casting in plaster to create simultaneously solid and delicate works.
With around 100 works, many rarely exhibited before in the UK, this major retrospective will highlight the abstract sculptures and experimental methods of Bartuszova's beautifully contorted and organic shapes and forms, with this exquistite and accessible catalogue bringing her work to a wider audience. Celebrating the fragile and corporeal, the soft and the solid; this book will provide the perfect introduction to the artist followed by seminal texts to recognise the artist's legacy of experimental and abstract sculptural works produced predominantly in the context of socialist Czechoslovakia.