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.
The artist asks questions about the individual, she is interested in how they are shaped by the present time, which dictates a new ethic of everyday life. The perception of social values has shifted. We vacillate between personal responsibility and the experience of helplessness. Defensively, we retreat into the private sphere and the family. According to Mirjana Ule, these values can be positive for society and the individual and lead to greater individual autonomy, but they can also be negative and lead to anomie (Ule, 2004).
Nina Sotelšek, II
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
The sculptor's work is characterised by wire sculptures that can be seen as three-dimensional spatial drawings as they outline the human body in natural or supernatural size. Based on the attributes drawn, a gender can be assigned to the figures, other information is left to interpretation. The artist says: "[...] we cannot determine their social status, age, nationality, religious or political affiliation. They can be newcomers in a new environment or those who stay." The basic creative idea of Tea Curk Sorta is the idea of contemporary man and his coexistence with others, which is given a particularly sharp interpretative touch by the prescribed distance and isolation.
Nina Sotelšek, I
In the sculptural works of the academy-trained sculptor Tea Curk Sorta, the line becomes a sculptural element that is constantly repeated, escalated in various forms, which as a spatial drawing or “sculptural” graphic element builds sculptures or forms translucent sculptural artefacts that even oscillate in installation spaces, and the sculptor builds them with great care to the placement of sculptures. The reciprocity of the plastic message is being developed – the corporality of the sculpture and the content as a situation in which a certain sculptural work (in this case mainly the body) is located in a given installation. And when her sculptural works come to life in space, we somehow realize that a sculpture is not merely an external form, that is, a shape, but an internal structure or substance. Their relationship is time and again a special result of enjoyment, it is a pleasure in the sculptural journey, in the journey of observing the external and internal parts of the work of art itself.
The artist adapts each exhibition project to a specific space. She explores the relationship between the space and the sculptures, and how the latter affect the viewer. She is interested in how the works manifest themselves in the space, how the viewer moves through the installation and what attitude they take towards her works. In this way, she leads the viewer from the figures that evoke feelings of distance and alienation, to a group connected in a ritual dance, and finally to an intimate image of the most sincere relationship between mother and child. Tea Curk Sorta's sculpture works are open in terms of content, which means that their meaning is only revealed in the exhibition space and in a specific arrangement that might be different in another exhibition venue. The fusion of exhibition space and artwork gives the exhibition Transcendences a new dimension.
Nina Sotelšek, III