4th installment, picture taken just before filling matrix with a soap. May 2018

the king of air

 

2018

 

soap

 

900x200 cm

The basis for this work is an experience of an end of an emotional relationship, which was like an orthopaedic corset for the patient. Parting with him was tantamount to seeing a “flaccid body” with “amnesia of my own muscles”. This view was only a sad memory of the period before wearing a perfectly matched orthotic. The tension between the body and the soul fuelled my artistic activity. An internal experience – huge pain and a piercing feeling of emptiness, self-criticism accompanying them – manifested itself in psychosomatic symptoms of itching skin. At the same time, I started to work with soap, which drying up spontaneously began to take shapes that are associated with specific parts of the body (head, hands, legs). I tried to materialize an intimate image of suffering, non-transferable, penitential experience in a ritual process of washing off dirt – guilt. The impression of communing with body debris, groups of scars or shrunken bone castings drew me into the process of obsessively mixing chemical substances and finding the right proportion of them to obtain a mixture, which will continue to shape, depending mainly on time. When you begin to feel the living matter in your hands and you see the emergence of a new being, it is raised from the level of the object to the level of the subject; having its own nature, its own history and finally its own face. The initial narrative ceases to dominate the work and the whole combination of gestures and decisions that makes up the reviving creative process takes precedence.
top view, June 2018
4th installment, finally shaped artwork covered with a foil, October 2018
4th installment, finally shaped artwork covered with a foil, October 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 3rd week of self-shaping of an artwork, June 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 3rd week of self-shaping of an artwork, June 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 3rd week of self-shaping of an artwork, June 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 3rd week of self-shaping of an artwork, June 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 3rd week of self-shaping of an artwork, June 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 3rd week of self-shaping of an artwork, June 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 2nd week of self-shaping of an artwork, May 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 2nd week of self-shaping of an artwork, May 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 2nd week of self-shaping of an artwork, May 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 2nd week of self-shaping of an artwork, May 2018
4th installment, picture taken during 2nd week of self-shaping of an artwork, May 2018
3rd installment, picture taken during 1st week of self-shaping of an artwork. I have broken the process at this stage because soap layer was too thin to rise. Early May 2018.
3rd installment, picture taken during 1st week of self-shaping of an artwork. I have broken the process at this stage because soap layer was too thin to rise. Early May 2018.
2nd installment, picture taken during 1st week of self-shaping of an artwork. I have broken the process later on, because soap layer was unequal, which might have caused a problem for whole surface. The thicker part was to heavy to rise, and the thinner one started to crack. April 2018.
2nd installment, picture taken during 1st week of self-shaping of an artwork. I have broken the process later on, because soap layer was unequal, which might have caused a problem for whole surface. The thicker part was to heavy to rise, and the thinner one started to crack. April 2018.
2nd installment, picture taken during 1st week of self-shaping of an artwork. I have broken the process later on, because soap layer was unequal, which might have caused a problem for whole surface. The thicker part was to heavy to rise, and the thinner one started to crack. April 2018
2nd installment, picture taken during 1st week of self-shaping of an artwork. I have broken the process later on, because soap layer was unequal, which might have caused a problem for whole surface. The thicker part was to heavy to rise, and the thinner one started to crack. April 2018.
2nd installment, picture taken during 1st week of self-shaping of an artwork. I have broken the process later on, because soap layer was unequal, which might have caused a problem for whole surface. The thicker part was to heavy to rise, and the thinner one started to crack. April 2018,
2nd installment results. I had to break the process again, but decided not risk by using the same substance for the 3rd time. I have cutted half-dry artwork, some of the pieces rolled, some of them dried to keep them as memoranda. April 2018.
2nd installment results. I had to break the process again, but decided not risk by using the same substance for the 3rd time. I have cutted half-dry artwork, some of the pieces rolled, some of them dried to keep them as memoranda. April 2018.
2nd installment results. I had to break the process again, but decided not risk by using the same substance for the 3rd time. I have cutted half-dry artwork, some of the pieces rolled, some of them dried to keep them as memoranda. April 2018
2nd installment, picture taken during 1st week of self-shaping of an artwork. I have broken the process later on, because soap layer was unequal, which might have caused a problem for whole surface. The thicker part was to heavy to rise, and the thinner one started to crack. April 2018.
4th installment, picture taken just after filling matrix with a soap. May 2018
Just before 2nd installment. April 2018.
Fragment of the 1st installment. I've decided to crumble it and include it to another soapy compoud by melting it again. March 2018.
Fragments of the 1st installment. I've decided to crumble and include them to another soapy compoud by melting it again.March 2018.
1st installment, 3rd week of drying and rising. The artwork was unmovable, so I had to crushed it and repeat the process on a table matrix. Early March 2018.
1st installment, 3rd week of drying and rising. The artwork was unmovable, while the main goal was to place it on a slab above the floor. I had to crushed it and repeat the process. February 2018.
1st installment, 3rd week of drying and rising. The artwork was unmovable, while the main goal was to place it on a slab above the floor. I had to crushed it and repeat the process. February 2018.
1st installment, 3rd week of drying and rising. The artwork was unmovable, while the main goal was to place it on a slab above the floor. I had to crushed it and repeat the process. February 2018.
1st installment, 1st week of drying and rising. January 2018.
1st installment, 1st week of drying and rising. January 2018.
1st installment, 1st week of drying and rising. January 2018.
1st installment, 1st week of drying and rising. January 2018.
1st installment, just after filling the matrix with soapy substance. January 2018.
1st installment, just before filling the matrix with soapy substance. Heating up 280 kg of compound. My studio was extremaly cold: this was January, so I was in rush to warm up all parts as fast as possible before it goes cold, but at the same time I had to keep equal temperature of whole substance. January 2018.
1st installment, just before filling the matrix with soapy substance. Heating up 280 kg of compound. My studio was extremaly cold: this was January, so I was in rush to warm up all parts as fast as possible before it goes cold, but at the same time I had to keep equal temperature of whole substance. January 2018.
Preparation of the soapy compound. For weeks before first installment I was crumbling soap and later melting it with plenty of other substances to find the best one for this use.
Preparation of the soapy compound. For weeks before first installment I was crumbling soap and later melting it with plenty of other substances to find the best one for this use.
Preparation of the soapy compound. For weeks before first installment I was crumbling soap and later melting it with plenty of other substances to find the best one for this use.
Preparation of the soapy compound. For weeks before first installment I was crumbling soap and later melting it with plenty of other substances to find the best one for this use.
Preparation of the soapy compound. For weeks before first installment I was crumbling soap and later melting it with plenty of other substances to find the best one for this use.