Ohio University, 2001, BFA
Biography: Influence by childhood memories of growing up in Czechoslovakia, Petra Kralickova capture the body as a purveyor of memory, revealing both its strength and fragility. With the emphasis on creating a dialogue between the core sentiments, such as concealment, stillness, resilience and tenacity, a sense of loss and dislocation is palpable in her sculptural installations. Kralickova received her BFA degree in 2001 form Ohio University and her MFA degree in 2004 from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Currently, She divides her time between creating her own artwork and works as an independent curator and a director of exhibitions at Ohio University School of Art Galleries. Most recently Kralickova exhibited at Black and White Gallery (Brooklyn, NYC), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NYC), Tacoma Contemporary (Tacoma, WA), Sculpture Center, (Cleveland, OH), Gallery 621 (Tallahassee, FL), Dittmar Memorial Gallery (Chicago, IL), Bonsack Gallery (St. Louis, MO). Kralickova is currently preparing for solo exhibition in Artworks Art Center (New Bedford, MA) and group exhibitions in New Art Center (Newton, MA), Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery Georgetown College (Georgetown, KY) and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (Covington, KY).
Artist statement: I observe people. I notice gestures, waves of passion or sorrow that sit in the gut, tickle the flesh and chill the bones. I am interested in these reactions and emotions that we try to hold back yet are unable to conceal entirely. I imagine the physical body filling up with experiences that are too intense – too keen to absorb. Concealment, stillness, strength and fragility are all essential themes in my artwork. These core themes are strongly influence by my childhood memories of growing up in Czechoslovakia during the communist regime, by the dislocation and loss of identity while leaving my homeland for another country and by my experience of emotional dominance while working with people who suffered from mental illness. The dichotomy of loss and defiance are a constant in my work.