Eva LAPKA R.C.A.
Eva Lapka is always in a creative process: by absorbing the images, ideas and events that surround her or in a cognitive and transformative way. Subsequently, she reproduces them in order to express her joy and pain of living. She does not speak much through her works; as a guide for a visually impaired, she brings the spectator to her horizons and then leave him confront and interpret what she proposes to him.
Earth, more specifically ceramics (stoneware), has always been her prime way of expression. Distorted and torned earth plates, assembled with virtuosity, become the messenger of provocative yet intimate thoughts. The white cracked glaze, often combined to a metallic one, is known as her singular brand. The colors and glazes reveal textures that enhance the material that takes the form she imposes.
The main subject of her artworks is the human figure, rarely in a whole, more likely elements of it such as torsos, hands or heads. By doing this, the artist enhances the symbolic of each body part, its expression and the gesture each one evokes. Theses pieces can convey the simplest gestures, such as a touch, but can as well celebrate life or evoke our fascination for death. They take a universal dimension when the artist reminds us our own body’s experience. «My artwork is the reflection of my conscious participation to life, a mirror hidden by a velvet curtain which attenuates the image and give space to personal interpretations.» Always attracting and often provocative, Eva Lapka’s sculptures never leave the spectator indifferent.
Eva Lapka, Czech ceramist of international reputation, has a degree in sculpture and ceramic design from the School of Arts in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She teaches, since 1991, at the Visual Art Center of Montréal, where she has been the director of the ceramist department for fourteen (14) years. She has exhibited several times in Canada, United States and Europe, and her artworks are part of many collections. In January 2012, she was appointed Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. One of her works is presented in the latest edition of the book “500 Prints on Clay”, published in March 2013 by Lark Crafts Publishing, North Carolina, United States.