Hand Made – Ptuj 15.5.2018



Time and light are the two key elements that follow the genesis of the work of art and have served to the participating seven international artists as the driving engines for creating objects, materials, linear perspectives, and often delicate forms, which tend to veil, uncover, and weave upon open visual works with a strong aesthetic interaction and with an explicit reference towards a different way of making art and looking at things. Through manual dexterity and those practices that are historically deemed as being exclusively feminine, such as sewing, embroidery, lacemaking, and crochet, these artists combine tradition, new dialogues, and intimate spaces, while demonstrating a pinch of transgression, great technical abilities, and depth of thought.

This kind of a conscious awareness is noticeable in the works of Kyriaki Costa, Eva Gerd, Resi Girardello, Ina Loitzl, Eva Petrič, Elisa Rossi, and Stanka Vauda Benčevič, not only in the employment of different techniques, but in generating thought structures and aesthetic actions applied to a texture, whether it be the result of an embroidery, sewing, crochet, or of a more contemporary painting, sculpture, video, installation or performative act. And so to the eye of a careful observer, the plot reveals itself as an element of human culture, where the movement of a hand, often in conjunction with a needle, a crochet hook or a brush, is not merely an extension and artistic practice, but an aesthetic experience, a personal way of being in dialogue with oneself and the world, and a way of offering and suggesting new experiences, directions and connections.

The creations by Elisa Rossi – lace presented as still life painted on canvas, Resi Girardello – metallic lingerie combined with copper crochet patterns, Eva Gerd – corsets, tablecloths, embroidered and hand sewn items, as well as personal stage costumes and other elements by Stanka Vauda Benčevič, are perhaps more conceptual in their representation and process of creation and serve as a perfect counterpoint to portraits of the female body by Eva Petrič, Kyriaki Costa, and Ina Loitzl, represented here through elements of a more iconic nature, namely through photography, video, and the use of various materials, with a highly specific and very personal emphasis on sewing or crochet.

In this regard, the hand-made products wish not so much to offer a reflection on art, history and tradition, as to induce a reflection on the use of simple materials which can be defined through hand movements.

Here then, the works chosen one by one for the halls of the Ptuj City Gallery, among which some have been created especially for this occasion and have therefore not been exhibited before, as in the case of Gerd, Rossi, and Vauda Benčevič, open up to us in the form of new linear perspectives, as open fields extending among materials, shapes, and hands, between a thinking mind and a living body, between things we have seen and experienced and those that we would instead like to disclose through palpable desires and emotions

Ptuj, April 1st, 2018
text by Marika Vicari
curators: Marika Vicari & Jernej Forbici (ART STAYS)

Opening: on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at 7 pm in the Ptuj City Gallery, Prešernova street 29.
Exhibition will be opened by Miran Senčar, Mayor of Ptuj.
Times: Until 29th June 2018.
Opening hours:
from Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 -18.00, Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 – 13.00


I’m happy to announce my participation in this exhibition in Slovenia.

I will present six works including this animal skull from the series Still Life-Quiet Tales from Nothingness and three new artworks.

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