In the last couple of years I got fascinated by mediaeval Romanesque sculptures. Traveling along old European pilgrim routes I experienced the directness of the folkloristic and innocent way of representational art of the early Christian sculptors. This admiration prompted me to start a new series of figurative mono- prints on textile streched on canvas. They all are inspired by stone sculptures in churches and monasteries .
In my prints I am closely following existing sculptures found in the churches to study the variety of imagery and coexistence of Christian and folkloristic characters. There are a few groups in these series: Prophets, Musicians, Kings and other stories. There is a great wall full with Prophets on the outside of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You see prophets virtually everywhere around in many churches . Heavenly Music is being juxtaposed to the Earthly Music , Kings are playing all kinds of instruments and fantastic mythological beasts look down on us, full of great wisdom, humor and understanding.
Some of the themes engage me more than others, some I repeat again and again. With their characteristic anomalies and typical deformations these romanesque images show very powerful interpretations of the Biblical stories. They sometimes look primitive and too simplistic but it only makes these sculptures more emotionally charged and attractive.
I like also the fact that most of the art works in that period are anonymous; as far as I know there are very few artists signing with their names , one of the exceptions would be Gislebertus in the Cathedral of Autun . I like the anonymity of that period, where the story to tell and the skill to make the sculpture are more important than the authorship of the work.
I am usualy inspired by colours, but in the dark and mysterious churches, where only a few fresco’s are sometimes visible after centuries of wars and humidity, a main role is played by sculptural decoration of capitals, timpani and other parts of the walls. Though colorless, they are often very vivid and animated storytelling compositions.
First I tried to interpret these images in more abstract forms but eventually they become direct and figurative images. These drawings I printed on textile in carborundum technic. The final print is stretched on canvas and presented as a painting. This way three dimensional is united with printing and painting, the combination of the visual arts I always was looking for in my work.
It will be a great triumph to hang these works together to form a ‘ Cathedral ‘ of associations, characters , rhythms and lines.