|onone - continuo|
The Onone scenes with the blond-haired double-figure are titled Continuo.
This means "I arrange in a series", "I gather together".
"I connect", "I attach", "I set in a row",
"I round off", "I continue without pause". That
the verb continuare is in the first person singular in presence form
is revealing. The titel refers to the artist's self, who, through
this titel, points not only to the portrayed, but to the portrayer,
as well. As in the other images, androgyny is one theme. The scenes
also comment allegorically on the question of aesthetic production.
This has a correlate in the long tradition of the phantasm of androgyny.
Since the beginnings of modernity, that is, since the Romantic, the
motif and the contents of androgyny have dissolved or shifted. In
the century between Friedrich Schlegel's "Lucinde" and Robert
Musil's "Vereinigungen" or Virginia Woolf's "Orlando",
the question of physical androgyny has been more and more closely
tied to the question of the hermaphroditic nature of the poetic and
artistic process. Alicja Zebrowska's installations are concerned with
this process, in that the artist portrays androgyny as the utopien,
yet already travestized, location of the bisexual body. At the same
time, she emphasizes the ambiguous, discontinuous, artificial, phantasmatic,
no longer dual, but now polymorphous, ironic scintillation of the
artistic process. For this reason, we must subject all installations
to a doubled gaze, a doubled reading. In the decoded subject, the
partrayed image, we must also recognize the structure, the portrayal.
In this manner, Alicja Zebrowska realizes one of the unavoidable requirements
of modernity, aesthetic reflexivity, which, thus, enters into the
structure of her work.
(Excerpt from A Journey into the Body and Beyond.by H. Bohme)
Journey into the body. The art of Alicja Zebrowska