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Maria Jarema — born in an artistic family, the daughter of a Lviv pianist — explored the problem of dynamics, rhythm, and the musicality of a work of art both in paintings and in sculptures throughout her whole artistically devoted life.

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Maria Jarema — born in an artistic family, the daughter of a Lviv pianist — explored the problem of dynamics, rhythm, and the musicality of a work of art both in paintings and in sculptures throughout her whole artistically devoted life. Her peculiar liking for dance motifs surely has a connection with the artist’s activity in the pre-war experimental theatre, Cricot, where dance was an important part of the performances. Faithful to the ideals of avant-garde art, Jarema preferred a creative experiment to the traditional comprehension of an interpreted subject; she rejected the definition of a sculpture as a static solid, showing the expression of dance by the suggestion of movement in space. A clear division of the sculpture into two alternating parts suggests associations with a dancing couple. The crumpled and obliquely compiled planes give dynamism to the statuette. Many openings smoothly insert air and light, thanks to which the space around the sculpture becomes active. The unusual lightness of this open-work composition creates the illusion of the spinning of streamlined, soft forms.

Elaborated by Agata Małodobry (The National Museum in Krakow), © all rights reserved

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Sculpture “Dance” by Maria Jarema

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Rzeźba „Taniec” Marii Jaremy odc. C Tells: Krystyna Czerni
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Rzeźba „Taniec” Marii Jaremy odc. A Tells: Krystyna Czerni
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Rzeźba „Taniec” Marii Jaremy [audiodeskrypcja] Tells: Fundacja na Rzecz Rozwoju Audiodeskrypcji KATARYNKA
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Rzeźba „Taniec” Marii Jaremy odc. B Tells: Krystyna Czerni
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