And­jana Pachkova

Die Sehn­sucht

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Stan­ley Street Gallery 18 July to 11 Au­gust, 2018

The Ger­man term ‘Die Sehn­sucht’ roughly trans­lates to ‘in­tensely long­ing’, de­not­ing a deep emo­tional state for which there is no English equiv­a­lent. Com­pounded from ‘das sehnen’ (yearn­ing) and ‘das se­ich­tum’ (lin­ger­ing ill­ness), it rep­re­sents feel­ings about facets of life that are unfinished or im­per­fect, paired with a de­sire for ideal al­ter­na­tives. And­jana Pachkova ex­plores this ex­pe­ri­ence in her painterly ab­stracts, which weigh tone against form and mark, to vi­su­alise the bal­ance be­tween search­ing for hap­pi­ness and the re­al­ity of unattain­able wishes.

Cour­tesy the artist and Stan­ley Street Gallery, Syd­ney

Cas­tle in the Sky – Is­lands of Tears, 2017, mixed me­dia and col­lage on Archer wa­ter­colour pa­per, 57 x 76cm

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