For centuries, bread has been an important element in the formation of early human societies. It has also become a symbol of sustenance, life and physical need in many cultures, and is a recurring motif in the Biblical tradition. Art, on the other hand, is thought by many to have a spiritual element, and practicing art is often seen as a way of nourishing the soul, just as bread feeds our physical appetites. Bread and art, not surprisingly, are two intrinsic elements of Terézia Krnáčová’s series “Everyday Bread,” which consists of six embroidered slices of bread.
Based in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, Krnáčová’s project quite literally weaves a connection between food and art as two things that sustain her in different ways. “My concept is an expression of my personal relationship with textiles,” the artist states. “I love textile art and I can‘t live a day without it. I made a composition of seven – as there are seven days in week – dry slices of bread, six of them processed by textile techniques. The seventh is just a slice of bread, as Sunday is a day of relaxation.”