Denisa Prochazka, large relief sculptures, classical & contemporary materials
“The desire to shape clay in my hands resembled something divine to me, an unspoken element of the hidden nature of what it is to be human and the psychological portrayal of what it means to be a female.
I became increasingly aware of my feminine perspective and reflection of the life around me. The need for creation became reinforced with the birth of my own child and the desire to heal, protect and empower. I felt the need to portray feelings, needs and a visual conversation within the sublime. I love sculpting female subjects and feminine forms, to empower and inspire other women in the world as much as the exceptional women in history have inspired me. I use symbols in my work to transcend pure realism to a uniquely personalized vision. Symbolism transcends the physical into the spiritual realm.
My goal is to bring my art forward to public spaces so that passersby can find peace, beauty and healing connection for a moment in time in their life’s journey.”
Denisa Prochazka specializes in the creation of large relief sculptures combining classical and contemporary materials and techniques. Large and imposing while poetic and feminine, Denisa’s art is intended to be spiritually healing and influential in its symbolic intention. Using clay as the canvas on which she communicates, the artist offers us imagery that is vibrant with mystical and historical elements. Through her work, she offers a very personal look into the necessity to contrast past with present, personal with universal, reality with dream state.
Denisa Prochazka is a Czech born Canadian artist, living and working in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Denisa graduated from O.C.A.D University in Toronto, majoring in Sculpture-Installation. She continued her studies in Florence, Italy, where she advanced specializing in figurative sculpture. Denisa grew up in her mother’s ceramic studio being introduced to clay at a very young age. She felt a deep connection to classical sculpture which has influenced and shaped the direction of her creative path today.
Denisa is currently an Associate Member of the National Sculpture Society in New York, as well as an Associate Member of the Allied Artists of America, New York, USA. She is also a member of the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, USA; an Artist Member of Manhattan Arts International, NY, USA; an Artist Member of The Healing Power of Art & Artists, NY, USA; and an Artist Member of the Circle Foundation for the Arts. She has been an Executive Member of the National Capital Network of Sculptors in Ottawa, ON, Canada.
Her sculpture has been commissioned as Awards of Excellence by the Nelson Mandela Legacy and Ottawa University, BHM. Denisa Prochazka is a Winner of the Special Feature Artist of the all female competition and exhibition ‘HERStory’ 2017, in Manhattan Arts International, New York. She has also won a Second Place Special Recognition and an Award of Excellence in the Manhattan Arts International “New Beginnings” exhibition, 2016-2017, curated by Renée Phillips. She has won a Special Feature Artist Award, ArtsyShark and is an Award Winning Artist in the Figurative 2017 Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Gallery.