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Lenka Konopasek

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.
Lenka Konopasek

I was born in the Czech Republic where I attended the School of Applied Arts in Prague. After immigrating to the United States, I completed a BFA degree in painting at the University of Utah and received a MFA degree from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.
My primary interest is  in  oil painting but  I also like  to  work in mixed media, printmaking and sculpture. My sculpture, Reflection Tree,  has  been  commissioned  as  part  of  Flying  Objects  public sculpture  series  for  downtown  Salt  Lake  City.  I  also  completed multiple relief and sculpture pieces for the Old Greek Town Trax Station public art commission. I have been teaching for over ten years at U of U, Westminster College, Visual Art Institute, Salt Lake Art Center, Rowland Hall School and other places.
My paintings and installations represent a collision between na- ture  and  people.  Nature  is  shown  in  its  extreme  stage  during manmade disasters and enormous sandstorms. It is a struggle of wills  where  human  structures  are  being  reclaimed  and  handi- capped by nature’s might. It shows our advanced technology be- ing fractured and swallowed by natural elements. These paintings are  also  political.  They  question  the  idea  of  what  belongs  and what is being artificially implanted on the environment. They bring up  questions  of  longevity,  consequences  of  human  behavior, differences in cultures and national attitu

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