Part of a series.

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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  • Maraia
    Maraia12 months ago

    Love all the works in this series! this is really wonderful.

  • Thank you Maraia! :-)

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • Alison Gilbert
    Alison Gilbert9 months ago

    All the lines, shapes, colours work so well together to have a big impact. Really inspiring!

  • Thank you so much, Alison, I feel really happy with your supportive feedbacks :-)

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • GerryMac
    GerryMac9 months ago

    Fantastic work!

  • Thanks a lot, Gerry! Glad you like it :-)

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

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