During a whole life man builds around himself a glass sphere. It gives him a protection from the world. Beneath it man can feel safe. Everything then is named, predictable, and evil and suffering find their explanation. Sometimes, however, the glass breaks and the safety and security fall like a house of cards. A gap is created, through which one can see that our senses do not tell us the whole truth about reality. The world begins to appear quite different than it was before. It is mysterious, strange and alien. The longing for something else, something indefinite arises; for something on the other side of the scenery that seems to be the world perceived by our senses. Thoughts follow paths that resemble a maze. There are no signposts. This state of mind, similar to sleep, perhaps is best described by August Strindberg in “A Dream Play”: “Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist; on a significant bases of reality, the imagination spins, weaving new patterns; a mixture of memories, experiences, free fancies, incongruities and improvisations. The characters split, double, multiply, evaporate, condense, disperse, assemble. ” These ephemeral emotions that accompany us in such moments, I would like to convey in my paintings.
I became interested in photography in 2004. I began with the landscape. Then I felt the need to try something more personal and something that is closer to painting, which always fascinated me the most. So after a few years of landscape photography, I started to create photo montages. It is a technique that gives a lot of creative freedom, because created worlds can be completely unlimited. At the same time, photo-montage is connected to the real world by strong bond thanks to the use of photography. In this way you can recall the emotions that we experience every day by our senses, in other contexts. Photomontage allows you to combine elements , which connections we do not experience every day. This allows you to see ordinary things in a different way, look at the world from a distance and think about the reality of the image of the world perceived by our senses.
In my photo montage I often use paper, clay, bricks, as well as ceramic forms prepared by myself. I create from them the scenery and by playing with the light I try to bring out an interesting, abstract, building a specific mood composition of light and shadow in the plane of a frame. I try to create an illusion of space on a flat surface of the image. I like imperfection and impermanence of these buildings. I see the beauty in the refractions of light on the curved material and in micro-shadows formed on unevenness. A final picture often consists of several dozens of different photographs. Most of them I take with the final vision in my head.
My first inspiration was the oppressive, claustrophobic, highly emotionally engaging worlds of Franz Kafka’s novel. However, visual art is for me the source of the greatest emotions and creative inspiration. I love the geometric, dark and filled with mysterious silence cities from the paintings of Mario Sironi and Giorgio de Chirico. Ascetic, but full of emotional tension cinematography of Sven Nykvist from Bergman’s movies. I am also fascinated by raw, concrete, monumental architecture, as well as a beautiful and threating in the same time industrial landscape.
The worlds that I would like to create with my photomontages are mysterious, strange, alien, not entirely understandable, but also beautiful. People who inhabit them are lost in space, dominated by shapes and shadows. Overwhelmed by threatening, inhuman architecture, alienated and lonely. They are strangers in these worlds.