flowers are beautiful
Katarzyna Domanska's painting focuses on several questions.
Formally speaking, her works comprise macro-images of flowers.
Compositions saturated with the hues of petals, in which an important
role is played by rhythm and vibrancy, seem to enhance the forms,
which are emphasized by sudden changes in colours and shapes.
The characteristic geometry is filled with internal variation of rhythms
and spaces which abound with emotion. On subtle multicoloured canvases
we can identify the petals, stamens and stalks of flowers. It would be
a mistake to say that Katarzyna Domanska's flowers are hyper-realistic.
Through the means by which the artists identifies herself with them,
they become a type of illumination. They reflect what is seen through
eyes which are open to the outside world, but which are investigating
that which is internal.
Katarzyna Domanska develops the theme of flowers as living things in
a way which has never been used before. She shows them in large,
photographic close-up. One is made to think of the eternal but forgotten
union between man and nature. By using discrete harmonies and balance,
the artist brings out the energy which flowers possess. On the one hand
flowers are associated with femininity, beauty and innocence, and thus
glorify the feminine energy of the cosmos. On the other hand, with their
phallic shapes, they symbolize masculine energy. Each picture harmonizes
these two elements, presenting a coincidentia oppositorum, a coming together
of opposites. The flower motif developed in this way becomes a recreation
of the order of the world in its perfect form. Each picture, each flower, is like
an individual note in a musical score composed in honour of Life.
Flowers seen as on a spring morning, when the changing light envelops
the earth in a halo, overflow with aesthetic vision. The flower appears almost
like an angel, evoking purity and goodness.
The transience, fleetingness, ephemerality of the flowers captured in full
bloom in Katarzyna Domanska's pictures convey a spiritual message. Flowers
which fade are a commonly used metaphor for man, the soul, human destiny
played out between birth and death. The flowers which we see at their climax,
in full bloom, in reality have already ceased to exist. Being confronted with
this fact is like being asked a question about what one believes within oneself,
about oneself – about one's own mortality or immortality.
Katarzyna Domanska's work transforms a precise, scientific, almost microscopic
observation of flowers into something hierophantic. To come into live contact
with delicate flowers is a very subtle experience, and yet one which we rarely
have the opportunity to appreciate. The artist makes us aware that the flowers
emanate an extraordinary force, which may well be a property not of the
object itself, but of an enchanted soul within. They do not represent biological
species, but their own paradisiacal nature. The lively, vibrant colours reinforce
what is visible, depicting an intangible aura Katarzyna Domanska's work is
sensual and emotional. Through fairy-like colours, contrasting or merging
into one another, the artist creates a work of purity and balance which does
not give rise to worry or confusion, but brings peace and calm. The clarity,
intensity, and sometimes brilliance of the colours does not descend into
garishness, and the charm does not become kitschy. Some pictures gain
expressive power due to a contrasting of paints used without gradation or
tints. The composition leaves us with moments of silence and stillness.
Contours disappear, harmonizing with the totality of the picture.
The stunning beauty of Katarzyna Domanska's flowers transforms her
pictures into living forms, pulsating with vital energy, life-giving, like a garden.