The dynamism and deliberation are evident already in the creative process, in which the artist works on large formats made from a cut paper roll hung taut on the wall. She works with individual, bright colors. With precision and artistic intent, she physically moves closer and further away from the surface upon which she works, exercising control over the composition and color distribution. The process shows artistic self-confidence, as do the movements of her body, which transform into the individual strokes and the final product. The preference for large surfaces and fast, though meticulous, work, like the bright colors, reflect not only the artist’s creative confidence and vision, but also her passion and interest in the subjects depicted in her work. The paintings are created in a number of hours or an afternoon of constant concentrated work in the studio. This young painter’s deep immersion is admirable.
While Marie Kohoutková is unbelievably productive in her art, each of her works has a very specific atmosphere, quality and visual power. At the same time, it is clear that some paintings can be grouped into certain thematic series. Her signature style is recognizable and creates a visually coherent work. The large format then gives her works visual impact and grandeur that does not detract from their playfulness and adds gravitas. Although we already see a great deal of consistency at this point in Marie’s work, it is evident that Marie Kohoutková has continually evolved as an artist over the last few years – even over the last few months. We can continue to look forward to seeing where her artistic studio practice will take her as Marie continues to work on her painting style.
To watch her work in the studio, observing her systematic approach and deep immersion, and to see the works in person to scale is an experience that can further deepen one’s level of humility towards the process of creating a work and increase one’s appreciation of an already unique, distinctly memorable body of self-standing art .
Tereza Silonová, 2021