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