Barbarism (8) - Black-eyed  lady with cigar by Szilvia Ponyiczki

Barbarism (8) - Black-eyed lady with cigar by 

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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.

“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 Gilbertover 1 year ago

    This series is exceptional!

  • So gald you like them Alison, thanks for the comment :-)

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackel12 months ago

    Wonderful energy!

  • :-) Thanks a lot, Cindy!

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodensted12 months ago

    05-11-14 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been selected for a feature in ★ART UNIVERSE★

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  • Thanks a lot for the feature, Kira! :-)

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • ChaosGate
    ChaosGate12 months ago

    Wild and wonderful!

  • Thank you ChaosGate, glad you like it :)

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

  • Darlene Lankford Honeycutt
    Darlene Lankfo...12 months ago


    Superbly Surreal Altered by Imagination Features
    May 12, 2014
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  • hootonles
    hootonles12 months ago

    Amazing :O)

  • Darlene Lankford Honeycutt
    Darlene Lankfo...4 months ago

    This would be a great entry for our Whimsy & Wonderful Challenge HERE

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  • Christel  Roelandt
    Christel Roel...4 months ago

    Whimsical, ethnical and unique, Szilvia! Christel.

  • Thank you, Christel!

    – Szilvia Ponyiczki

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