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 The artworks from this series were created with awe by the works of Witold Leszczyński. His films are about the loneliness of a man who somehow does not fit in with the rest. Although in all cases he is more or less accepted, he is never understood. In Leszczyński's movies, I was fascinated by the very way of presenting the nature - seemingly simple scenes with a sublime atmosphere, music or silence. In Siekierezada, for example, the main theme is an alto in the setting of a baroque orchestra (in the final part of the film played on the harmonica by main character) - it ends with "Amen" from "Stabat Mater" by Vivaldi's RV621. It fits incredibly well with the sublime shots of a sleeping, winter forest.

Selected films refer to the relationship between man and the world in a very beautiful way. The movie “The Days of Matthew” invites you to lean over  the sensitivity of others and their way of understanding the world. It encourages admiration for the grass, different shades of the world that are not spectacular or Instagram like. Konopielka, in addition to respect for nature, also shows the value of bonds built in a community. Whats more,it asks questions about the role of progress in our lives. Siekierezada shows a dialogue about the meaning of existence and the path taken by each of us.Leszczyński does not explain much to us, rather he gives us the opportunity for interpretation. 

 

 

Delusion, oil painting, 100 x 170cm, 2020
This painting was inspired by the main character of the movie ““The Days of Matthew”. Matthew is tormented by the feeling of not belonging to the rest of the community because of his sensitivity and hierarchy of values, completely different from rural standards. As a result, the young women he meets fill him with a mixture of fascination and paralyzing disbelief that someone could accept him despite his dissimilarity.
Falling, drawing on the inkjet print, 40 x 60 cm, 2020
The bird, charcoal on paper, 70 x 100cm, 2020
The hunter, drawing on the inkjet print, 40 x 60cm, 2020
The movie is based on a great novel by Tarjei Vesaas “The Birds”. The story takes place in rural surroundings. This proximity to the nature is best seen in the main character, Matthew, who sometimes seems to have a stronger bond with his favourite bird rather than kinsmen. For him, the contemplation of nature and daily contact with it constitute the authentic content of life. The film is very poetic due to amazingly suited to the image, romantic music and excellent photos. The immense psychological depth of the characters is also a very strong point.

Grey heron, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm, 2020
grey heron
In Witold Leszczyński’s film “Konopielka”, the main character (Kaziuk) finds out that if a woman dominates at sex, the world won’t end. Although the mysterious teacher who came to the village is associated by all residents with the incarnation of Konopielka (a mythical character who guards the cannabis beds and kill anyone who comes close to them), her appearance in Kaziuk’s life makes him find courage to question the so-called village’s “Eternal truths.”

This art work is a diptich. A grey heron is watching the scene from the other painting. I find this bird extremely extraordinary – it’s not only one of very rare animals which can eat snakes but also has many interesting incarnations. In this context very interesting is this one from the Greek mitology. In Leszczynski’s movies, the characters reappear (kaziuk is later seen when smashing wooden tables at a dance in “Siekierezada”). In case of my works, animals are those who permeate.

 
photo taken at exhibition, Cracow 2017
Grey heron, diptich, oil on canvas 50 x 40 cm and 50 x 60cm, 2020
Grey heron, part of diptich, oil on canvas 50 x 60cm, 2020
Wild boars, oil painting, 100 x 170cm, 2020

What is there left for the crowd when no logical arguments exist?

One of the villagers wants to implement a huge improvement for all that will save many hours of work but is against a centuries-old tradition.

This is Kaziuk.

Or rather, his frustration.

Frustration that those clots still believe

that if they cut grain with a scythe instead of a sickle,

they will be punished by God.

Kaziuk, drawing on the inkjet print, 69 x 54 cm, 2020
The forest hears, the field sees…, drawing on the inkjet print, 68 x 62 cm, 2020
drawing, 20 x 20 cm, 2020
Janek, drawing on the inkjet print, 40 x 62 cm, 2020

 „Idący zaś szedł i to wszystko. Nic poza tym. Był tylko ruchem, ruchomym punktem, ruchomą kreską na drodze. Nawiedzony był tym rzadkim szczęśliwym czasem niemyślenia. Ta fala błoga, ten obłok biały miękki i w środku pusty napłynął na idącego. Zimny bo zimny wiatr owiewał wiecznie rozgorączkowany rozpalony rozbuchany żarem łeb. Idący to czuł i tylko to. Było tak jakby dmuchający wiatr wciskał z powrotem na miejsce próbujące się wydostać z głowy myśli. Albo jeszcze dokładniej: było tak, jakby idący szedł bez głowy, jakby ją sobie zdjął i trzymał pod pachą albo schował do worka, co go niósł na plecach. O, piękne, piękne wakacje bezmyślności wielkiej zupełnej. Błogosławiony odpoczynek od piekła i piekielnego raju myślenia. Błogosławiona bezmyślności młoda zdrowa wdowa”. /E.Stachura “Siekierezada”/

 

Goose, oil painting, 100 x 100cm, 2020