digital print; 2013
The source of inspiration for this work was the seven year cycle in a woman’s life. This division is the approximate one, often not accurate; However, it shows an interrelationship between different aspects. End of each stage is a representation of changing conducts, attitudes and values which were taken from the book „Biegnąca z wilkami” (“Woman Who Run With the Wolves”) written by Clarissa Pinkola Estess. This theory, however, can be found in Carl Jung or even as early as in the New Testament, Torah or Buddists’ works.
At the same time I was working on the septenary numeral system – trying to find new typographical signs (inspired by Lissajous curve) and learning how to count and how to do mathematical operations on them.
This work is a combination of two elements. I am using portraits of my mother, my grandmothers and of myself in order to find full spectrum of options matching this division. Simultaneously I am trying to use people who would be close to me – my relatives. The Septenary Numeral System, which is noticeable in the edges of my work, defined their position in “Multiplication Table” according to the age, and it also outlined brightness of the photograph.
0-7age of body and of dream; socializing without loosing imagination.
7-14age of separation, connecting mind and imagination
14-21age of new body; girlish age, hidden but budding sensuality
21-28age of the new world; new life; learning about different worlds
28-35age of maternity; learning how to baby yourself and others
35-42age of searching; babying one’s own identity
42-49beginning of old man’s wisdom; finding one’s own home, encouraging others
49-56age of underground world; understanding meaning of words and customs
56-63age of choice; choosing one’s own world and work which is still left to do
63-70age of guard, guide; processing gained knowledge
70-77age of rejuvenation; deepening „old hag’s” knowledge
77-84age of misty creature; finding „big” thing among „small” ones
84-91age of sewing scarlet thread; understanding life’s events
91-98age of ethereal; less words more „being”
98-105age of neume – breath, spirit, waft of life
105age of infinity
This work shows my vision about visible life. It is showed at two dimensional timeline. First example it’s just the chosen piece, the second one containing the wider spectrum – exceed of our life in infinity, in world of numbers and directions.