Film, Visual Arts
Artist StatementThere is an eternal conflict between our desire to remain genuine and act according to our emotions and instincts, and the surrounding pressure to follow social norms and behave as society expects. This cognitive dissonance causes mental discomfort, a feeling that we are painfully aware of our inability to be who we really are. While we constantly seek to eradicate this discomfort by conforming to generally condoned behavior, at the same time we fight intuitively not to lose our identity. My art explores human forms of subconscious disturbance, manipulating them, and placing them in positions to manifest this internal struggle, while antipodal materials, colors, and images are paired to amplify the resulting feelings of mental uneasiness.
Stana Benesova Kimball, a native of the Czech Republic, is a Washington, DC-based visual artist. She comes from a family of talented painters and art aficionados. Stana is currently taking classes on metal sculpting at the Art League, a fine art school in the Washington, DC area. Her work was recently exhibited at Bistro Bohem in Washington, DC, and her artwork 'Still in Agony' was selected by Judge Robert-Jean Ray for the Northern California Arts' 59th International Open Juried Art Exhibit 'Bold Expressions 2014' at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, CA.