"The Promise of Sublime Words"


Ewa Doroszenko

Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland.


The Promise of Sublime Worlds started during the course of my doctoral studies, when I was preparing for the final exam in art history. During my research I discovered many old books with popular sculptures from Antique to Classicism. To spice the process of spaced repetition, I began preparing photographs connected with discussed topics. My aim was to show my favorite statues as objects, which arouse ambiguous associations. I tried to distort the usual view of sculptures and finally destabilize a natural sense of order. I made hybrid photo-sculptures, I cut out certain fragments of images, and built small compositions. After that, I reshot them and then printed on a larger scale than the original. On the one hand the cycle draws on my private fascinations and on the other, it is a reflection on the usage of photographic material in post-internet times. From a compositional perspective, the work is an interplay between well-established genres such as Portrait and Still Life.