Preta Wolzak is a multi-talented artist that mainly makes big works combining hand-embroidery with appliques of leather and fabrics on a background of photographs.
After graduating she has worked in commission in applied arts: she made illustrations for book covers, she designed and made furniture, designed exhibitions, designed interiors for private people and companies. Since 2008 she has made jewellery under the name Fortblink, and in 2013 she had her creative store Old Fort On Dun on Oudeschans in Amsterdam.
“Displacement”, or “Alienation”, is what it often boils down to in my work, says Preta. I have an intuitive work process; the images usually simply pop up in my head. Once I’ve recognized their meaning and value, I start to materialize them. The techniques I apply, may range from photography to pencil drawing and embroidery. The majority of works are unica, some are made in a small edition.
In my world, tradition and experiment go hand in hand, as do roughness and refinement, sincerity and weirdness, fate and personal development. In the works, this can be seen reflected by bold combinations of traditional and new techniques, ancient and brand-new images, or by plain objects in a sumptuous setting. Without a hitch, traditional, subtle colour hues in fine yarn, may be mixed with fluorescent, hi-tech artificial fibres.
Arctic Charade Series:
This series of works, made from summer 2017 2018 and 2019, takes the viewer to a beautiful, cheerful world
of clarity, optimism, human daring and entrepreneurial spirit.
We see fresh, young acrobats, using nature as a backdrop for their excellence in quality
or appearance. Preta Wolzak turns them into heroes, loaded with beauty and glamour, executed in rich materials.
But there is also a dark side to her story. Below the surface, Preta Wolzak depicts her outrage at the way people treat the globe.
Tourism and the extraction of raw materials form dark clouds over the still largely untouched areas, which already seem to be shaken by the consequences of climate change.
The acrobate stand for the foolish behaviour of mankind, ruining its environment. Man turns the world into one big amusement park, which now even threatens to spread out to the last untouched areas of our planet: the North and South Pole
2020 | Palm Beach Modern+Contemporary, Florida
2019 | ‘Wolzak & Kosters Serieus Business’ at Museum Rijkswijk, Netherlands
2019 | ‘Migrating Textile’ at Nieuw Dakota in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2018 | ‘HotchPotch’ at Gallery Rademakers in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2018| This Art Fair in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2018 | Pulse Art Fair in Miami, USA
2018 | PAN Amsterdam, Netherlands
2018 | KunstRAI Amsterdam, Netherlands
2017 | Aqua Art Miami, USA
2017 | PAN Amsterdam, Netherlands