BIO Sona Smedkova was born in the Czech Republic in 1984. Smedkova left for Ireland where she discovered a passion for art. Uncertainty and lack of experience in the art world led Smedkova to take a courageous step into a new, unknown life of travelling which allowed the time and space for critical reflection. Smedkova returned to Ireland where she gained a First-class Honours, Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art, Centre of Creative Arts and Media, Galway, 2020. Smedkova is currently undertaking a Master’s in Creative Practice, Centre of Creative Arts and Media, Galway.
I am a multidisciplinary artist exploring internal experiences, identity, time and space through photography, painting, video and sound generated by Artificial Intelligence. Psychology and how our external experiences shape us into our own unique identities, is a subject that I am repeatedly drawn to and research into the area of neuroscience is an ongoing concern within my work.
My understanding of new technologies and the rebellious “abuse” of digital tools is pushing photography as a medium out of its traditional boundaries. The amalgamation of screen shots, applications and interlacing of different programs creates a dynamic, unique body of work that generates a philosophical questioning. The digital archive is then used to create quick studies of slowly unfolding abstract paintings in oil and acrylic. My practice is a cyclical process: image- affects –reinvent image –reinvent.