27.10.2011 Q&A with Vendula Chalánková
Q: What was your ultimate professional breakthrough?
A: There were several, actually. Let me list them chronologically.
1.Familiarising myself with the term “embossed".
2.Mastering the “egg tempera” technique.
3.Seeing conceptual art for the very first time, courtesy of Marian Palla.
4.The “Social arts” class at the Arts college, taught by Josef Daněk and Blahoslav Rozbořil.
5.My first public performance, during which I was begging for a manicure set on the streets.
6.My stay in India.
7.My first comics that I glued together myself.
8.Using the Vietnamese bag as an artistic artifact.
9.Mastering the Lada 2014 sewing machine.
10.Publishing the Little Red Riding Hood book.
11.Reading Daniil Ivanovic Charms.
A: Yes. I have been collecting all the text messages on my mobile phone for a long time. I like exchanging paintings with my friends, which is how my rather substantial collection called Chalánek came into being. And there’s one collection that I’ve had since my childhood. There’s a silver deer in it; my dad had that deer on Volga and he kept it, even after he sold Volga; there’s a piece of a plane that fell to the woods behind Troubky during World War 1; there’s a snowglobe, but the liquid in there has nearly dried out; there’s a badge from Macocha that I’ve been given by a boy I used to like and many pressed flowers from my mum.
Q: If you had the opportunity to talk to a deceased artist, who would it be and what would you ask him/her?
A: I’d probably ask Piero Manzoni. I want to know if all the 90 tins are really filled with the artist’s shit.