member of:Observers of the Interdependence of Domestic Objects and Their Influence on Everyday Life


This group has been active for a long time and has already made some remarkable assertions which render life simpler from the practical point of view. For example, I move a pot of green color five centimeters to the right, I push in the thumbtack beside the comb and if Mr. A (another adherent like me) at this moment puts his volume about bee-keeping beside a pattern for cutting out vests, I am sure to meet on the sidewalk of the avenida Madero a woman who intrigues me and whose origin and address I never could have known...
--Remedios Varo


(Artwork by Remedios Varo)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
--Franz Kafka

Sunday, March 29, 2009

joanna chrobak

From joanna chrobak


In the image above, the birds seem to float, more like fish; the ornate and formal clothing stops short of covering the women's breasts and the headpieces are otherwordly, almost futuristic. Below, clothing begins but fades out, or the cloth disappears to nowhere; the expressions of the women are unfocused, or focused somewhere else. Joanna Chrobak's paintings hover on a line between dream and religious expression, or rather personal myth (dream) and public myth (religion).

From joanna chrobak


From joanna chrobak


Here, two beings that could be women or classical statues lack arms but continue to use their hands.

From joanna chrobak


From joanna chrobak


Note how the horse is not complete, though his carpet adornment is, how the woman's hair floats, how she holds the wine glass. In the background, a horse with a woman's head, regally topped, gazes into the opposite distance...


From joanna chrobak


… "The [above] painting expresses my emotions when I am listening to the musical piece called Good Night. To me, especially its first two movements sound like the night, night and silence with the time flowing through it. Figure of the woman connected with the black veil of the night is a symbol often found in iconography. She holds Asfodel in her hand, a flower symbolizing the dying. Asfodel, otherwise is the Golden-Hair flower, known in Antiquity as the plant which grew over the Elysian Fields, a place where among those flowers, the deceased took walks"--Joanna Chrobak
(Inspired by music of Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki "Good Night" Opus 63, 1990)


Good Night: III. Lento - largo: dolcissimo - cantabilissimo - Henryk Gorecki

From joanna chrobak


This one is St. Sebastian, who was shot full of arrows and left for dead when it was discovered by his fellow soldiers that he was a Christian (in the 200s). He did not die, and was nursed back to life by the ones who found him. He was credited with giving a blind girl sight and a mute girl her voice.
Speaking of religion...her style of painting seems to borrow from the ancient iconography: the odd angle of the hands, or the completely sideways tilt of the head (for example of the angel); the round of the bellies; the fingers posed in (though here indirect) blessing. Except that in her paintings, many of the bellies shown are those of women.

From joanna chrobak


Below is a video put together by Alcyna of YouTube of some others of this painter's beautiful work:



And her newest work to date:

From joanna chrobak



Please note that all images are links, and can be followed to their original size.

2 comments:

  1. Dear Zoe,
    I am thrilled to find all this little details on the paintings with your gentle guidance. Joanna Chrobak is playing with symbolism and realism, animals, human, going back in time. It is the right place for her to be in your Wonderland blog.
    Thanks for putting this beautiful post together for us to enjoy.
    Vesna

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