Image of artwork titled "Ancestors" by Agnieszka  Brzezanska

Agnieszka Brzezanska, Ancestors, 2022
8 × 5 × 3 inches

Agnieszka Brzeżańska created the group of figurines Oyster Spirits and Ancestors on the volcanic island of Stromboli. The ceramic amoebae look as if they were about to change their form, fluidly transforming into something completely different. Their rounded limbs in variable numbers and barely outlined faces expressing contentment or astonishment at the world are the only traits hinting that the marine spirits are perhaps our ancestors. How did it happen that unicellular amoebae evolved into such complex organisms as humans? A grain of sand inside an oyster irritates it, producing a pearl. Simple organisms formed billions of years ago changed and evolved under the influence of external factors. Thus came into being Mahatma Gandhi, Joan of Arc and Donald Trump. Ancestors will be exhibited alongside a series of painterly astral portraits.



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