Věra Janoušková is one of the most interesting experimenting sculptors of the 1960s’ generation. Born in 1922, she studied sculpture during the 1940s – first at a secondary school and later at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. In the early 1960s, she was one of the founding members of the avant-garde art group “Crossroad” [Křižovatka]. During the period when Czech art tended to lyrical, symbolical expression, Janoušková discovered a very specific creative artistic method of her own. Old, enameled metal plates dug at trash dumps served Janoušková to weld original objects that found no parallel even on a global scale. The given additive method was also employed by the artist in her sewed and other collages, drawings and other works. In the beginning of her artistic career, Janoušková was immensely inspired by the exhibition of French artists, held in the Prague island of Žofín. She was especially attracted to the Bissiér’s tapestry executed on an old blanket, under whose influence she created the sewn collage on the subject of the Odyssey. Her later spatial works were more or less abstract and her objects gradually acquired unique brushwork.
* 1922, Úbislavice, Czech Republic