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- Author Jadwiga Sawicka
- Date of production 2000
- Dimensions height: 50 cm, width: 60 cm
- Author's designation artist's signature on the back of the painting
- ID no. BS/907
- Availability in stock
- Acquired date 2005
- Object copyright Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digital images copyright © all rights reserved, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digitalisation RPD MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
One of the themes of Jadwiga Sawicka’s works are words and phrases almost literally taken out of context, from newspapers, commercials, or electronic media. At the beginning of her activity, the artist juxtaposed them with images of everyday objects on the same canvas: presented clothing items with a limited range of colours and cosmetics were accompanied by fragments of advertising slogans, newspaper extracts, titles, and summaries of TV series.more
One of the themes of Jadwiga Sawicka’s works are words and phrases almost literally taken out of context, from newspapers, commercials, or electronic media. At the beginning of her activity, the artist juxtaposed them with images of everyday objects on the same canvas: presented clothing items with a limited range of colours and cosmetics were accompanied by fragments of advertising slogans, newspaper extracts, titles, and summaries of TV series.
Since 1997, Sawicka began to apply a new way of depiction, separating objects from words, which have since appeared independently on the canvas. On the side of words, there appeared discontinued phrases such as: “Thief thief” Złodziej [Thief], (2000), “Doctor’s trial” Proces lekarza [Doctor’s trial], (2000), “Desire for success” Pragnienie sukcesu [The desire for success], (2006), “KIND AND GOOD” Miła i dobra [Kind and good], (2008). Often – as in the painting, Znów zabija [It kills again], (2000) – they take the form of a simplified record, completely or partially omitting diacritics (“znow zabija”). The artist freely divides words into syllables, compiles them in blocks, and sometimes rearranges or cuts out single letters. Furthermore, the colour range of pictures is reduced: the text is usually black or grey-black, contrasted with a pink, greenish, or bluish uniform background. This minimalism of writing collides with the rich texture of the canvas, layers of paint transforming them into a relief painting or even a three-dimensional object.
Texts written on the canvas also constitute a basis for characteristic large-format prints (black letters on an empty background), taking over the interiors of galleries (public space), leaflets, or objects. One of the most spectacular interventions of the artist appeared in the Foksal Gallery in Warsaw (2000), where repeatedly multiplied inscriptions: “POWODUJE RAKA” [“IT CAUSES CANCER”] / “ZŁODZIEJ” [“THIEF”] / “BYDLAKI” [“SWINE”] / “DORZYNANIE” [“FINISHING OFF”] / “ZNÓW ZABIJA” [“IT KILLS AGAIN”] / “KRWAWA” [“BLOODY”] / “OKRADZIONO” [“BURGLED”] / “UCIEKŁA” [“SHE RAN AWAY”] / “PROCES LEKARZA” [“DOCTOR’S TRIAL”] / “STERYDY ZABIŁY” [“STEROIDS KILLED”] / “WZIĘŁA WSZYSTKO” [“SHE TOOK IT ALL”] / “NIE” [“NO”] / “ZŁA” [“EVIL”] flooded the exhibition space with an aggressive explosion of words.
Elaborated by Anna Lebensztejn, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art,
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