Finding the answer not in our earthly world

PhDr. Peter Jurkovič - Art Historian


From the period of my first encounter with Ivett and her artworks in 1997, there were two typical topics, which both governed and inspired her spirit. The paintings of clowns and biblical scenes with a strong religious theme dominated all the exhibition halls where her works symbolized through ceramic creation, a subtle, kind, sensitive, nice, attractive, outwardly self-contained female being.

If I should judge the works of Ivett Axamitová rigorously, introducing the structure of her artworks to art lovers, I would definitely simplify. There are two basic formal compositions of her artworks. One of them is plastic art of utility value, the other is painting – surface shaped and made by assemblage. At the time ceramic sculptural groups were not hugely popular, however, those scenes modelled by Ivett did have a strong statement of action. Bowls, vases, plates and applied arts are not only subjects of decorative and practical meaning. They are the carriers of figurative decoration with the themes blended into the ceramic paintings. I have known Ivett paint in that way and for me she is still unique.

Changing contents of themes and inspirations is a distinctive feature of her artworks while judging the horizontal line. One who gets to know Ivett better, notices that she encodes the periods of her lifetime and experiences into her artworks. Those codes are strong and readable. Looking for the meaning of one´s life and perception of sorrows of the life, laughing at human importance was the prolonged theme of clowns and accompanying characters. Finding the solution and morality from the biblical stories leads us to humbleness and reminds us of the essential need of spiritual life as the only insurance of part of our existence.

When she changes the sorrows for the delights and optimism of her future intentions resulting from a new life - there is a lot of joy in her paintings. Angels and Eden, Adam and Eve, Heavenly fruit and birds, kisses with hands holding hands, affection, all shown in the floating silhouette of figures. You can see extensive compositions of characters with images of the main participants in perfect places within the gardens, natural secluded places and idealized worlds.

She finds the fulfilment of her life in motherhood with the bearing of a child into this world bringing another inspiration. A child whose similarity in many pictures and plastics resembles the real image or vice versa? A strong and subconscious motif has influenced Ivett´s works for a few years. She begins with innovation. Freedom from the everyday struggle to get by and a new studio enable her to try glass-painting, oil-painting and acrylics.

Does Ivett´s life mix with her works? I am sure it does. A good, valuable and mainly true work of art can be only created in a strong reflection of the world and life stories.  We can find Ivett´s perceptions and feelings in her works. Because of her sincerity we can see her soul in her composition, which is both open and contemplative. It is readable, symbolistic, decorative, but mainly pure and kind with no falseness, envy or hatred.

The artistic techniques, diversity of colour and expression of ideas which Ivett uses are tried methods of her expression. When we find inspiration and the use of artistic techniques in her assemblage there is some truth in it. Viennese Art Nouveau is especially obvious in her largest paintings. Try to visualize Klimt´s ´KISS´.  It refers to colourfulness. It is a fact that the technique of baking clay and the dimensions of a ceramics kiln determine the size and shape of any piece to complete artistic mosaic and create the complete scene which is dominated by stylized figure, lovers, angels, children, animals…

If those life stories and fairly-tales could be objectified, Ivett offers us monumental three-dimensional plastic art of figures which are not only pleasing and decorative but are intended to protect us in our human dwellings like dumb creatures of goodwill and unchangeable form. The shape, colour and stylization of figures are characteristic in Axamitová artworks.

I admire the themes of her work – so sincere and spontaneous is such as human lives in joy and sorrow, searching for the meaning of life and finding the answer not in our earthly world. If Ivett is constant to her faith, she will make her own as well as our lives easier.