(Phot. Frederik Gruyaert)
Wolskie Centrum Kultury, Warsaw, 2019
Cutouts, 2019, textile (polyester) 190 x 150 cm; wood, plywood, paint, textile 4 [x] 172 x 66 x 4 cm; ceramic, 39 x 3 x 3,5 cm
In my works, created in dialogue with my grandmother’s works, I reproduce these cut out, empty fragments in other materials – fabric and plywood. I select only certain details, enlarge them, separate them from the original images in order to discover new arrangements and constellations. I impose the openwork nature of cut-outs onto objects that relate to everyday life – a screen and a curtain, which suggest separation or covering something, but they are also light and movable. The holes cut in their surfaces reveal what is beyond them; they don’t create concrete images. In the screen and fabrics, empty spaces are arranged in undefined patterns and repeated in the rhythm of reflection, similarly as in the cutting out of a folded sheet of paper. They reveal things, in contrast to my grandmother’s cut-outs where the empty shapes make the images emerge.
Traditional Jewish cut-outs were used as interior decoration, but the purpose of their symbols was to protect the house. In addition, precise cutting is associated with a kind of contemplation of shapes and time; gestures of covering, revealing, and seperating have a power to tame and create space. In my works, I transform the images of my grandmother’s cut-outs into understated and repetitive patterns. I focus on details and gestures – my grandmother’s and mine – which intertwine in these moments, intertwine in the folding of fabrics, the movement of curtains, and the braiding of hair.