‘Self-Portrait’ with scars – Jerzy Panek and Poland at the turn of the 1960s
This article discusses Panek’s‘Self-Portrait I’ in the context of socio-cultural changes in the Poland of the late 1950s. By putting scars on his face, Panek portrayed himself as a bandit or a drunkard, and that observation is further substantiated by an analysis of a preserved woodlbock used in the making of the print. In leaving the scratches and rifts in the matrix, Panek manifested his physical anguish and stressed the connection between printing tools and pain, evoking a gloomy atmosphere of communist Poland.
A Pointed Message: Rārangi-1
A New Work by Michael Reed On my desk sits an artwork by Michael Reed. Rārangi 1 (2019) is a hybrid object, and sits somewhere between the traditions of printmaking, sculpture and the medallion. The work takes the form of a dart folded from a thin A5 sheet of copper (final size 150x 40x 150mm). […]
A Subtle Beyond
In July 2013, mother and daughter Lihie and Ruti Talmor travelled to Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, walking in the footsteps of a young, not-yet-famous Elvis Presley. The journey was a quest for something much larger than him. Using Roland Barthes’ notion of the punctum, Ruti investigates how Lihie Talmor’s photogravure of Dauphin Island shows us how the layering of time and loss creates the meaning of place.
I am the River, the River is me: Deep Time Reflections on Water and Planetary Health
One of the most enduring and culturally vibrant potamic societies in the world are the Māori peoples of Aotearoa/New Zealand. The creation of the prints featured in this article have emerged from a long-term and ongoing trans-disciplinary art-science project – Te Awa Rio/the River’s voice – that has for the first time brought together river scientists, visual artists and the Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi people or iwi (kin groups) of the Whanganui River of the North Island. Offered, with much humility, these works show how indigenous knowledge, an understanding of deep time human-environment entanglements, and a reconnection with the watery realm, can offer society a way to rethink how best to navigate through and beyond our current planetary crisis.
Fragments of Feminine Narratives
Relations of Reciprocity Relations of Reciprocity is an audio-visual installation reflecting on the variable experiences of several generations of women in my family. The work consists of a series of sixteen portrait images on paper incorporating printed and drawn elements (digital prints layered with dense drawing interventions) complemented with audio material based on fragments of […]