Klara Sedlo

Born in: 1993, Czech Republic
Lives in: Prague, Czech Republic
Education: Master of Fine Arts from Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
Describe your art in three words: surreal, bizarre, otherworldly
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Little Girl with a Dog - Oil on canvas 130 x 100 cm €1,950

"When you dream, you are going through your memories again and in a very special way. What you experienced, what you fear and what you love sticks together in a huge dreamy mash up, which allows you to read the symbols afterwards and see yourself or the situation in a new perspective.This is how I work on my artworks as well."

What themes does your work involve?
I am currently focusing mainly on dreams. I depict common daily situations and emotions from dreamy perspective. In other words "How would the situations look like if we dream about it the night after it happened?"
Describe your creative process.
Ideas come to me in different ways throughout the day, always as complex perceptions, which I then transfer to the canvas. Since works ideas come to me as visions, they already connect to each other, or are part of some larger story. Therefore, they are usually part of a cycle from the very beginning. The painting is finished when it looks like the vision I saw in my mind..
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I always felt the urge to create, it was there within me since I can remember. Also I have always wanted to transform all those visions I saw into something real, to throw them into our reality.
What are your goals and plans as an artist in 2023?

I exhibit a lot in my home country, Czechia and I would like to exhibit more abroad to show my art and visions to a wider audience. For example I would love to go to London, because every time I visit the city its vibe inspires me. Also I am planning to write more short stories (I already published one) that will complement my paintings.

How do recent advancements in technology affect your art practice? How may recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (image generator software) affect the definition of fine art?
I think AI software cannot change the very definition of fine art. It cannot even replace fine artists - what is very important for art collectors, gallery visitors and fans of fine art, is not only the artwork, but the story and author´s thoughts behind it. This is something that AI cannot do. But I am afraid AI could change a lot when it comes to graphic designers, game art designers, illustrators... Unfortunately the AI can be preferred by companies, because it can do the work for free, and it could be a deal breaker. If the AI should replace living artists in their jobs, I would consider it very unethical, because, as far as I understood, AI art generators use works of other artists to generate its art.
What is the role of the artist today?
I think artists are "connectors" between our modern logical world and fantasy, imagination. Art can help us to connect with our inner world and our imaginative landscapes that we probably lost while growing up.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I think it is its complexity, the way how painter can combine together composition, colors, objects and the thought behind the piece. If it all works together, then it is a good artwork.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist

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