Weird, Wired & Wonderful
Weird, Wired and Wonderful
By Blanka Šperková
We welcome you to celebrate the dawn of 2019 by presenting the pioneering Czech artist, Blanka Šperková’s extraordinary wire knitted creations.
Blanka Šperková began to experiment with wire in 1970. Inspired by traditional wire techniques used by Slovak tinkers, the artist has created her own unique method of knitting. Abandoning the use of knitting needles, she instead prefers to use the dexterity of her own fingertips to create both free sculptures and jewellery.
Early in her career she became fascinated with figurative forms, based into more abstract forms, always based on some distinct meaning. Paying homage to the surrealist movement her work can surprise and amuse whilst retaining a delicacy and ethereal quality.
Blanka’s used her incredible wire creations as puppets in her animation creating over 40 short films featuring mesmerising beings and insects. She often manipulates the airy transparency of knitted wire to create within forms that demonstrate an expressive interplay between light and shadow.
The name ‘Šperková’ means jewellery in the Czech language, so it was a natural progression from her career as an animator to further develop her pieces in to jewellery and study it’s playful relationship with the body.