Vase (4) from the Nymphaea series
Vase (4) from the Nymphaea series
Ref. no 874

Wojciech Ireneusz SobczykVase (4) from the Nymphaea series, 2019

collage
28,7 x 17,6 cm (frame dimensions: 47 x 35,5 cm)

Price: 3 200 zł

710 EUR
Work is a part of a larger artistic project by Sobczyk, titled Nymphaea. They key to understanding and reading these works is the Voynich manuscript, one of the most mysterious and peculiar medieval scripts. The document owes its name to the Poilish antiquarian Michał Wilfrid Voynich.

The purpose, language, authorship and authenticity of the document remain intensely researched and debated to this day, although there have been no unambiguous conclusions so far.

The manuscript's date of creation is estimated to be the first half of the 15th century. The original document was made of 136 vellum pages, covered thickly with illustrations, and writings in unknown languages.

Many hypotheses on its contents have been drawn, from alleged forgery to various cryptological theories, based on largely unknown, forgotten, or even artificial languages.

The visual aspect of the manuscript also doesn't allow for a clear interpretation for its purpose. The author included illustrations of still-unidentified plants, along with mysterious astronomical and cosmological diagrams and charts. Further pages include drawings of nude women, immersed in complex systems of pipes and vessels filled with green or blue liquids, here and there we come across alchemical formulas and pharmaceutical jars that look like fountains.


It was those bizarre alchemical vessels that inspired Sobczyk to create a series of collages, made of photograph cutouts from old albums. Various shapes made of ceramic and china make for peculiar jars and amphoras, placed on the backdrop of landscapes which, upon closer inspection, turn out to be crowded with living creatures – fish, larvae, birds, bats, snakes, or butterflies.

Bibliography
– Nimfea, Przekrój, 12.12.2019, read article here
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