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Thayer's travel album on canvas

BORN IN Guadalajara, Mexico, and married to an American diplomat, Nena Thayer has travelled the world. She has expressed her memories of these travels through paintings, which are currently being exhibited at the Bratislava Z Gallery on Ventúrska.
"Thayer's images are like photo albums of everyday life. They are records of the world that she has walked through, inhabited, and begun to love to the point that she has disclosed it in her own painted travel book," said the curator, Beáta Jablonská.


CONSTANTLY on a journey...
photo: Nena Thayer

BORN IN Guadalajara, Mexico, and married to an American diplomat, Nena Thayer has travelled the world. She has expressed her memories of these travels through paintings, which are currently being exhibited at the Bratislava Z Gallery on Ventúrska.

"Thayer's images are like photo albums of everyday life. They are records of the world that she has walked through, inhabited, and begun to love to the point that she has disclosed it in her own painted travel book," said the curator, Beáta Jablonská.

Apart from Mexico, the globetrotter has lived in Central America, the USA, Spain, Scotland, Austria, and currently in Slovakia - in Bratislava, whose castle has already made it into her pictures. Her work, which combines organic materials with paint on canvas and paper, has appeared in exhibitions, received awards in the US and Europe, and can be found in private collections around the world.

Her life's journey, she says, is a three-step cycle defined by construction, destruction, and reconstruction. One of her favourite paintings, On My Journey, which features a road that disappears in the distance, perfectly illustrates Thayer's search for identity and quest to find "home".

"I am on a journey as an artist, as a human being, and can identify with everybody because after all we all are on a journey through life," she said.


- Zuzana Habšudová

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