Portraits without faces, landscapes without settings- Alena Adamikova is pushing existing boundaries by constructing new ones.
Born in Slovakia in 1972, she studied and did her doctorate study at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia.
A superbly talented artist, Adamikova’s portfolio consists of richly colored paintings, otherworldly forest photographs and incredible light exhibitions.
Her series of portraits, titled Faces and their Likeness, Likeness and their Faces (2006/7) is the most superb reflection of her ability to exploit the limits of painting.
She and Her Sister
Adamikova brilliantly renders the inner world of her subjects by replacing the features of their faces with rolling meadows, modern architecture and swarming skies. As a result, she deconstructs the boundary between the inner and outer world of her subjects.
The most incredible thing about these works is that, without painting facial expressions, Adamikova is still able to convey moods, atmospheres and personalities more successfully than the majority of artists.
The Face is More Enigma Than Answer
I suppose what attracts me most to these artworks is an innate curiosity- the quivering question of:
What landscape would map itself across my face?