The face of photography is constantly transforming. It is a medium, which crosses the borders between individual genres of art. On the art chart, it is accepted with diffidence, held under inspection and under pressure by the public thanks to a constant reassessment of the authenticity of photographs itself also caused by the viewpoint misvaluing photography as not being a genre of art.
In the Sentiment collection, a depersonalization of photography is nearly happening. I am creating a world of its own aesthetics and visual rules, whereby I am refusing photography's classic appearance, but at the same time I am still making use of this medium. More so, painterly inclinations (mannerisms), the poetics of illustration and even graphical refinement are being applied and all nearly word for word.
The format was chosen very unphotographically; here it approximates a graphic sign.
The picture was not even necessarily manipulated in post-production. The frame was compositionally constructed in a painterly manner. The work carries elements of naïve art, surrealism, or pop art. Indirectly, it is a tribute to the painters, whose works have (intentionally and not) materialized in my creation.
From the beginning, the self-portrait study did not even try so much to mirror my actual disposition, much rather like a yearning to get closer to a given person at least for a while - no matter whether heroes (or heroines) from films, literary personae, persons from paintings or people from my own worlds and dreams. The situation tells the story of what I never was, of whom I have ever dreamt of - becoming, of what I ever wanted to be – to be just for an eyewink...
But nevertheless, the images reveal me, solely, and that more than I admitted to myself during the photographed moment. The collection arose from the necessity to explore and reevaluate myself, arising from a certain degree of self-centeredness, within life's helplessness, to describe myself whichever way. My work reveals past personal “dramas” (which many times eventually seemed trivial), which had been straitening me for the past two years. The milestone is shown as an imaginary horizon divided by a colored line. It expresses the passing of certain life stages or tests and symbolizes imaginary and abstract borders, life's shifts and situations, which often bring along particular, personal poetics bounded by absurdity and fatalness. It is on the threshold of these circumstances that we stand often, motionless and helpless, waiting for our “deliverance”.
edition of 5 + 2AP (100cm x 100cm)
edition of 8 + 2AP (50cm x 50cm)