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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.

The original artwork can be purchased:


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Albert Camus

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  • tori yule
    tori yule11 months ago

    great work,
    please consider adding your work to Abstract / Surreal

  • Hi Tori
    Many thanks.
    I will definitely do that :-)

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • tori yule
    tori yule11 months ago

    Congratulations! Excellent work!

    View your feature here and share the love
    You can enter this in the October Features Challenge
    and you can enter this in our Paper College Challenge
    Oct 2013

  • Thank you very much!
    I am soooo happy! :-)

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackel11 months ago

    Very cool! Congrats on your challenge win!

  • Thanks a lot Cindy! :-)

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • tori yule
    tori yule11 months ago

    Congratulations on your Challenge Win!!!

  • Wow!
    I am very proud and honored.
    Thank you very much Tori!

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • tori yule
    tori yule11 months ago

  • Tere Troya
    Tere Troya11 months ago

    Congratulations on your Challenge Win !!!

  • Thanks a lot Teresita! :-)

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • tori yule
    tori yule10 months ago

    Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
    Wow! Two Challenge Wins!!

  • Thank you very much Tori!
    That is just great! I am so happy and honoured!
    Thanks for everyone who voted…

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • billyboy
    billyboy4 months ago

    Ya know Szilvia, I probably would have got this even if you hadn’t spelt it out in your description.
    But the fact that you did makes me feel you don’t quite realize just how innovative your art is. And how talented you actually are.
    You’ve evolved primitive and so Barbarianized it.
    Fabulous work !!

  • Thanks a lot Billy, I have the feeling you can totally see into me. Really glad you say that you wouldn’t need the explanation as I am always unsure about how deeply should I explain my things or should just let people discover them by themselves…

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • ChaosGate
    ChaosGate4 months ago

    Amazing work!

  • Thanks a lot!

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • kseniako
    kseniako4 months ago

    ► *See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

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