Artist

Janusz Walentynowicz

I have a few exchanges / experiences with collectors, both new and older ones. Some of which will stay with me for a good while, and others -forever. One experience from 1999, is of the latter

A piece Titled “Tied”, depicting a seated female nude, with hands tied on her back, was on display at a .....

I have a few exchanges / experiences with collectors, both new and older ones. Some of which will stay with me for a good while, and others -forever. One experience from 1999, is of the latter

A piece Titled “Tied”, depicting a seated female nude, with hands tied on her back, was on display at a show in Chicago, IL. In my mind, the piece was addressing how, – quite often, our incapacity and limitations, are caused by barricades in our own minds, but for some viewers the image apparently could be somewhat challenging.

I never, myself, met the collector, but was told by the gallery, that this one woman had come in to the gallery, and was apparently visibly upset over, or by this particular piece. She did however keep returning to the gallery over the next week, “visiting with the piece” and then she eventually decided to purchase it. Apparently, as I (and also the folks at the gallery) interpret it, this piece had somehow spoken to this lady, and had maybe addressed some feeling that had lied dormant deep within her, which she now was able / induced to confront.

Well, admittedly, some of this is merely speculation upon her buying the piece that initially upset her, as I of course can’t be sure of her true motivation, but nevertheless, it recapitulated for me what it really is that I believe, makes a piece of mine successful. It is so, when it manages to lead the viewer somewhere beyond ‘just’ the visual intrigue or -pleasure, even if in doing so, it should reach to where it may evoke some initial discomfort.

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