Aleksandra Liput - The evil eye


Charming eyes hidden in a stained-glass window peek out at us from behind a thick curtain resembling a huge, unwashed bandage. As we enter further into the exhibition, the atmosphere becomes oppressive, unsettling and surreal. We see an ailing, weeping tree with a disease grafted onto it. Apparently, the disease was driven out of a human being and the tree was carried to the gallery by “evil winds”… Worm-like ceramic organisms are slithering out of the corners of the gallery, and the only “medical instruments” are brooms made of birch twigs. This is Aleksandra Liput’s darkest exhibition. 

Heartworm, an exhibition that was specially created for SIC! Gallery, presents seven sculptures and bas-reliefs by Aleksandra Liput made of ceramics, glass, fabrics and wood. Each piece is a metaphor for magical rituals connected with Slavic folk medicine. Firmly rooted in Liput’s visual language, the works are unsettling symbols that the artist evokes from superstitions remembered from her childhood. In her earlier works, the artist concentrated on painting. Over time, ceramics replaced painting as the artist began to seek inspiration in nature. Presently, Liput imitates nature through art, emphasizing its importance and its role in ancient superstitions and rituals. She also finds inspiration in the supernatural.

The exhibition explores the theme of illness and evokes fear by hiding behind a white hospital curtain, making it difficult for people to find the language and space to talk about it directly. Through these intensely visual works, the artist draws attention to how human defense mechanisms and beliefs concerning health have changed over time. Illness used to be perceived as something that comes from the outside world – something over which we have no or very limited control. It was believed that most ailments were caused by evil spells or animals, especially worms that infiltrated people’s bodies and caused plagues to break out. The exhibition’s title is a perfect example of this – “a heartworm is moving inside me” is a metaphor for nausea, originating from southern Hungary. 

(Text from the SIC! Gallery)


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ALEKSANDRA LIPUT – Born in 1989. Visual artist specialising in painting, soft sculpture, objects and installations. Her work explores themes around anxiety, inherited traumas, broadly conceived spirituality, as well as magic and magical objects. She’s a doctoral candidate and teaching associate in the Experimental Textiles studio at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, and co-founder of the Warsaw-based curatorial duo Dzidy. Among others, her works have been displayed at Labirynt Gallery in Lublin, Arsenal Gallery in Poznan, and Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw. Finalist of the Coming Out best Arts Diplomas exhibition in Warsaw in 2017. 



Additional Info

  • Idea by:: Aleksandra Liput
  • Executed by:: Teresa Tuszko
  • Technique:: Tiffany technique stained glass

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