Looking closely you will discover that each moment is not fragile and fleeting as you once had thought. You will discover that each moment is lasting and something you will long for. You will ache for it. There is a cyclical logic to this universe – every beginning is a sequel.
The Enigma of Arrival, one part of a trilogy featuring image/text prints by Michigan based artist, Amanda Wieczorek, explores the pertinent obscurities of the human condition. Each image & text pairing presents an intriguing dichotomy between the individual and the universal. The small typed blocks of verse communicate a singular voice, illustrating a private, informal reflection on the fleeting natures of consciousness, memory and experience. The accompanying images, visually dominated by imagery of circles – a primordial symbol of time experienced through life and death, are quiet. These orbs appear in some as immense celestial planets, eclipsing each other, or hang singularly in black, vast space. Others occupy ethereal water worlds as micro-cellular globules. Images and text combine to appear as pages within a larger book – a fragmentary narrative exploring the self, experienced as an intimate dialog between the narrator (presumably the artist) and viewer.
When reflection sets in it does not disappear. We are strangers to ourselves. Something is always missing. The night sky, in its boundless space, spreads silence further than any of us. Fiction is no stranger than truth.
Wieczorek’s complex layering of material and color demonstrates her incredible craft. Her prints parallel the delicate handcrafted pages extracted from medieval Books of Hours, combining text and detailed, though often minimal, imagery. These illuminated manuscripts were customarily used as private objects of devotion, calling attention to the object quality of the work. The Enigma of Arrival is a body of work best enjoyed in person to appreciate the quiet, yet powerful relationship between object and image experienced through an intimate dialog between narrator and viewer.
Check out The Enigma of Arrival at the Westside School for the Desperate now through mid-June.