THE LINE PARADIGM, TOWN HALL – RIGHT ATRIUM, LJUBLJANA. 1ST JULY – 16TH AUGUST 2020.
The exhibition presents two cycles of works: Through the Passage (2017–2018) and Self-portraits (2019–). Both are represented by the typical wire sculptures that in its material form assume the characteristic of line, which creates volume and draws lines through space.
The wire sculptures emanate a sense of lightness and airiness as well as represent the dimension of change. Compared to more traditional sculpture material, wire is much more influenced by time; the lines drawn by the artist are variable, which makes the used material a grateful foundation for thinking about man and society, so inevitably defined by time and changes.
The wire drawings depict women figures that are a regular feature of the artist’s works. Interested in the role and position of women in today’s society, while at the same time – especially in the cycle Self-portraits – Tea Curk Sorta passes over into autofiction, looking into herself. Some of the wire drawings of this cycle were created in the self-isolation period when there was more time to reflect upon society and ourselves.
A typical characteristic of the cycle Self-portraits is that the artist frames an individual – according to the title probably her own alter ego – surrounds it with various faces and finally exhibits it as a classical painting. The cycle Through the Passage, on the other hand, is different; the individuals are grouped and positioned in the gallery space. The self-ness of an individual is at this point deceived, opening up the space for reflection on one’s position in society.
Tending to interpret intimate space with a special accent on the role of the female character in it from the very beginning, the sculptor Tea Curk Sorta has opened an entirely new aspect of meaning in her own opus. We have known since ancient Greece that the body and soul are mutually dependent, which is reflected in a person’s gestuality and therefore the person’s image as a whole. Tea Curk Sorta has managed to capture certain expressive contents of bodies that are like reflections of real states of being, and since the artist has succeeded in incorporating into her works all the frankness of her experience that had influenced the creation of these works, her female subjects actually work as reflections of her own moods.
My wire sculptures are lines in space. They are the same as the lines on the palm of the hand. All of them are speaking about life.
With my work, I try to catch the moment, the move. I am looking for a way to relax my hand and express my thoughts. Hand is creating the image that my mind was dreaming.
I start with dance
Around and around
Then comes the line
First, second, third and so on
Until life appears
No more dance then
Me and my work standing there
Staring to each other
Two different lives
Two different ways
In the end