Pictorial textile installation referring to the medieval motif of danse macabre and to the motif of apocalypse and final judgment in art history. A procession of dancing skeletons from the 1929 Disney cartoon runs in a row through the sheets forming four screens. These paintings Hell is other people and Dies irae hanging on chains complete the look. Motifs painted on them are inspired by illustrations to Apocalypse of St. John, among others. They have been painted on scarves with a printed skull pattern and covered in wax. They feature various elements: embroideries, candles from a birthday cake, wires, pieces of washed fabric. The title of the work is a quotation from poem Nocturne I of Aleksander Wat.
During my solo exhibition in Domie (Poznań PL), the textile installation forming three tents became a stage set for a choreographic performance that involved the painted skeletons “coming out” of the painting into space and performing a ritual dance of death to a broken synthesizer melody. The performance was performed by Rafal Zarski, Jakub Kosecki and me.
This work has been commissioned and funded by Art Transparent Foundation as part of the 19th Art Review Survival.
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