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Barbarism has a duality in its meaning.
It may refer to a barbarian society as a primitive culture, which has never been civilised.
On the other hand in linguistics it can be an erroneously constructed or derived expression, incorrect use of language, culturally lacking in refinement or distinction.
These paintings try to combine both meanings of barbarism.

The masks use the language of our times, they are made of newspaper articles cut to shape. The text stripes of the pictures are words or part sentences of these articles out of their context and reconfigured. They got a new meaning but still contain the original one. These are not complete sentences but rather special mixtures of words adding some mood and humour to the pictures, following the flow of the painted lines or blocking them.

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“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
Albert Camus

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  • Alison Gilbert
    Alison Gilbertabout 1 year ago

    These “Barbarism” painting/collages are just great Szilvia! I’ve come back to “fave” some more!

  • Szilvia Ponyiczki
    Szilvia Ponyiczkiabout 1 year ago

    Thank you, Alison, I appreciate that a lot ! :-)
    Shame that the little poems are not readable at this size – I think they add a lot to the painting.
    Wanted to tell you that your collages are so great, they actually inspired me when I painted my last one: “Duality”. I love as you combine all those bits and coloures together…

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