Lýdia Jergušová-Vydarená

Slovenská verzia

Drawing on the experience of their predecessors, many contemporary philosophers, mathematicians, physicists, chemists and biologists seek the basis of everything, as well as the explanation of our existence. Artists are also concerned with the essence of existence and they make use of all available information.

This period gives mankind the opportunity to use a new powerful medium – the computer – whose computing power accelerates activities in the field of research, transfer of data, information, providing inspiration for the creative area of art and science. It is used in the same way as the robot.

Mathematics has become the science that has penetrated other scientific fields, as well as everyday life of ordinary people. Everything can be calculated and all of us can calculate. Our age is the age of mathematicians. This idea is also supported by the title of the catalogue and the artist’s expression of creative knowledge. The wealth of information, hectic days of daily work and family duties cause that one loses the distinctive flavour of the life of our predecessors and direct contact with nature. To live their lives, people have created an artificial environment which guarantees security and relative safety against the elements of nature. They can gain experience and enjoy their lives. The pace of life is faster and one is anxious to experience as much as possible in a day, an hour, a minute… Creating the work of art, the artist faces external pressures: to convey the message in a fast, simplified form and above all to shock. If you do not attract attention – you do not exist. It is not enough to be a good artist and craftsman, to express your views artistically, to stretch the canvas, to use clay, to etch a panel – nowadays it is necessary to master the digital camera, the computer, to have high quality machines to produce colour prints on canvas; tin, plastic, all materials have to be of top quality. It is necessary to know how to use the camera, the cutting machine… And one has to be able to ‘sell’ one’s art, to have a website, contacts, to travel round the world, to have an agent, the best one… and this has to be done very quickly.

Man and the artist have become robots. The robot that produces art. To handle all this, one has to have open eyes and be able to perceive the contemporary period, to educate oneself in the respective field, to acquire a great knowledge of scientific discoveries, political events at home and abroad… And to adopt the right attitude.

At present, one is free to use form creating media in art. Every artist can create his/her aesthetic canon, style. But… it is important that his/her art appeals to the audience and conveys a message, explains, clarifies or in the worst case at least it shocks.

It does not necessarily have to be an object, a picture, a sculpture, an installation, it can be an idea expressed in a transient art form within minutes or hours, a photograph capturing a moment, an experience in being involved in the visual play directed by the artist. It is up to the artist to introduce the viewer to the sense of the period and perhaps to the sense of existence.

Dealing with our problems and their solution, we live in an accelerated era, and only such artists succeed, who are able to find their bearings, to draw on their experience and knowledge and generalise it in their works of art. The theme can capture subjective feelings of life, but also global events of the community.

The artist creates her works in cycles and series: Mathematicians, Occupation of the Country, Codes, About the Line. Each series deals with a particular problem which can have infinite solutions. Throughout her creative life, the artist has permanently and repeatedly raised questions and sought answers to respective themes, rendering them in various art forms.