The plump pig’s head looks far more cheerful. It comes from Bednarsky’s sculpture series A Sitting and A Slurping and A Spitting and A Thinking (2020). The title refers to a social gathering at the table, which the artist hosted as part of an earlier exhibition. Although the head lies chopped off and bloodied on a serving platter, it seems to belong to a lively table company through its peaceful smile and watchful gaze. Exotic fruits such as pineapple or banana adorn the face, peas and an egg lie next to it. Turning away from the usual symbolic content of still life, Bednarsky chose and arranged the fruits intuitively. The work thus questions not only art-historical traditions but also human eating habits, as well as the way we treat the environment and nature.
Bednarskiy’s arrangements with comical and happy-sad connotations stir up 17th-century still-life vanitas and fuse with contemporary and pop cultural references to the absurdity of a hedonistic consumer and everyday kitsch culture. Looking at her unique objects, a momentum of the artificiality of contemporary life and the sentiment of nature and real emotions blend just as irritating as touching.
Dominika Bednarsky, born 1994 in Schweinfurt, DE, lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. She studied at the Offenbach University of Art and Design, under Heiner Blum and Mike Bouchet.
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