Krystyna Ziach

/.../ Shinto temples, the Secret Rooms, with their surreal play of light and darkness, the nature created with astounding care by humans in the Imperial Gardens, they illustrate fundamental aspects of Japanese culture. A culture with an eye for order and harmony, always in an intimate relationship with nature that refers to the bond between heaven and earth, to the permanent interaction between the divine and the human. There is the sense of repetition in the infinite sequence of gates, or in the accumulation of thousands of Buddha statuettes which tell us that there is a potential Buddha hiding in each of us. /.../ Krystyna Ziach offers us images which again and again evade rational explanation. They neither give unambiguous, nor conclusive answers, but ask to be continually reinterpreted. These are images of all times, which create an unavoidable interaction between the universal and the individual by appealing to our personal imagination. Images which refer to the inscrutable and the inexplicable, to suppressed desires, to man who, in his daily emotional experience of the world, is eternally in search of the existential meaning of life. Images which seem to offer themselves in a mediating role between mind and matter, nature and culture, the conscious and the subconscious, between dream and reality. Simultaneously recognizable and alienating, they remind us of ephemeral brevity and inescapable transience. But, in the tranquil vulnerability and the melancholically poetic, the wonderment remains unassailably active./..../ Translation: Hanny Keulers
The Symbolic Imagery of Krystyna Ziach, text by Florent Bex, from the book Infinity & Archê / Krystyna Ziach, 2006, published by Thieme Art, NL
Florent Bex, honorary director of the Museum of Contemporary Art MuHKA, Antwerp, BE