Zemankova, a Prague housewife who suffered from chronic depression and who never pursued a formal art education, began making swirling, luminous drawings in 1960, at the age of fifty-two. She often drew in a trancelike state, as if channeling a spiritual force. Most of the works presented here date from the ‘6os, a richly experimental period for the artist and a time in which she formulated her repertoire of abstracted floral and insectlike forms set against flat, softly atmospheric backgrounds. Imagined stems bend under the weight of glowing, pregnant bulbs; branches extend into feathers that suggest wings.

ArtForum, Dec, 1999, by Janifer P. Borum