Alenka Sottler: “Good morning”
The exhibition forms part of an international project (supported also by the Slavic cultures’ forum) connecting the cities of Tuzla (Little Prince association), Zagreb (Klovićevi dvori gallery) and Maribor (KiBela). The curator of the exhibition is Koraljka Jurčec Kos.
Using black and white tempera on small formats, Sottler has managed to conjure up the emotions and spiritual states of man in contemporary society by employing the principles of molding (stucco) and clipping. She has illustrated over forty-five books and was presented on a number of solo and group exhibitions. Recently, she has focused on fairytales, both modern and traditional. Her illustrations appear in the fairytales of Oscar Wilde, Svetlana Makarovič and Bina Štampe Žmavc, as well as the classic Fairytales of the world or Grimm’s Cinderella.
With the black-and-white interpretations of Fairytales of the world, she has reached one of her highpoints. Sottler is the winner of a number of national and foreign recognition awards. Her illustrations have attracted attention on a number of occasions, and are an important contribution to the recognizability of Slovenian illustration in the world. Compared to painting and other fine arts’ genres, illustration has often been overlooked, and has only recently began to be appreciated for its true value. Sottler emphasizes: “It is illustration that can speak globally in a language everyone understands.”
“The field of illustration joins both: literature and fine arts, and that’s what I liked about it. My favorite are illustrations of texts that are somewhere in between poeticism, fantasy and metaphysics. The three styles, namely, are closest to the subconscious, yet remain on the level of poeticism.“