"Drawing opened the way to her creative work in painting. She most frequently deals with the theme of the head in many variations. They show an effort to comprehend pure form in simple lines. Drawing with pen and ink in simple expressive outlines, preceded her programme as a painter, first in the tempera technique, and later in oil painting, in which she concentrates on solving the problem of the relationship of light and colour. Colour is the interpreter of internal felings. Since the second half of the 1980s, motifs of pilgrim woman, horsewoman and couples have occurred increasingly frequently. In the 90s she deals with them also in bronze sculpture. Painting variations on the theme of woman aim at the essence, at the assertion of her own imaginative power. A figure in relation to space radiates an internal light. At another time, she creates a figural motif in symbiosis with space, aiming beyond the boundary of the pictorial surface to catharsis. The motif opens the possibilities of painting work in new contexts. This applies to her representation of certain situations, which grow from perceived layers of consciousness. The human figure enters into interaction only with space, where time does not pass. The painter seeks the most adequate presentation of human destiny. Her work is directed towards the essence of human existence and evokes a time for meditation."


PhDr. Klára Kubíková




"Pictures by Jana Pivovarníková represent a specific view into the author's inner world. I consider it a form of healing self-reflection that at the same time is a materialized meditation or more precisely a record and simultaneously an outcome of Jana's meditations. Dreamlands governed by Moon and immaterial beings settling down in these lands have indisputably a character of a personal and a very intimate statement of her existence. In this sense it is possible to partially explain her works of art as an expression of individual mythology that took root in modern art in the 80s of the 20th century. Furthermore, it is possible to partially describe the aspiration of individual authors how to get into contact with their inner world, with that what is immanent and personal when confronted with the world outside and when expressed in painting by means of the symbolic language or varying artistic means.
A horse is an ambivalent archetypal symbol that might represent the sun and the moon, life and death, light and dark beings. A white horse represents light, intellect, wisdom, mind, reason, nobleness and dynamic power. I presuppose that the horse in Jana's pictures most probably represent the male principle, male generative power confronted with a lonely female, peaceful, calm, meditating on an external unreal world. The horse might simultaneously present a symbol of magic divinatory powers that move the female accompanying it, sometimes even mounting it or wandering with it onto the level of Female the prophesier. It might refer us to our intuition as one of characteristic expressions of female energy while relating to the external world. The female mounting the horse is a symbol of intuition governing reason. Pictures represent a union of powers in opposition. Reason and intuition represent cointidentia opositorum as a form of existence in a transitory world. The space in which this mysterious occurrence of union takes place is a world of dream, subconsciousness or open consciousness that is able to see even the invisible. Its depth evokes the night skies lit up by a cold light of Moon and stars."


Mgr. Peter Kršák




Pictures of light from other worlds – Peter Kršák




Jana Pivovarníková – presentation at www.artgallery.sk