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Lenka Stejskalová Skoumalová: Awating

The time of concentration, search for meaning, anxiety, opportunity for regeneration and rebirth. A return to fundamental, universal, undeniable principles.

A glass art installation by Lenka Stejskalová Skoumalová in the Church of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Lenten season 2019.
(Photo: Zdeňka Hanáková)

metallic-glazed, sanded and flat glass – Blue Stopsol Supersilver

The glass art installation “AWAITING” interacts with the unique architecture of the pilgrimage church of the Infant Jesus during the Lenten run up to Easter. Despite its fragility, the work transforms its surroundings with sparkling light and constantly changes throughout the day. Images in the metallic-glazed glass shatter assumptions and lend new perspectives. An entirely new spiritual space is thus created, unfettered by reality, which invites the observer to meditate.

Everything that is reflected in the glass, every architectural element and spacial relationship, now takes on new meaning: from previously unremarkable details to the very massive structure of the building. The installation aligns with the dynamics of the baroque interior, taking on its energy and intensity. The furnishings of the church are reflected in glass fragments and then re-integrate as a unified whole.

Neither light nor dark ever entirely dominates. They communicate, somewhere on the border between shadow and light energy, in the subconscious and inner mysteries. Sacred spaces have always worked with the principle of light. No other phenomenon perceived by human senses comes so close to the undefinable spiritual needs of human beings or generates so much varied emotion. This cathedral has unique lighting and a strong GENIUS LOCI (spirit of place). I work to capture its changes over time through the interplay of images, the separation and opposition of symbols versus materials. The installation is a quiet call to reflection and reconsideration of stereotypical viewpoints as well as an opportunity for a quiet meditation and inner freedom.

Lenka Stejskalová Skoumalová

Sculptor, glass artist, serves as a university instructor in the Faculty of Architecture at ČVUT in Prague. Her creative works have multiple levels, often responding to specific architectural or natural spaces and the changes in their lighting. She always bases her work off of sketches, uses glass in limited colors and combines it with other materials.