Picture "Negation of the End, VIII" is one of the elements of the artwork made by Adam Mazek, named "Negation of the End."
Everything in this oeuvre has its logical order. “Negation of the End” masterpiece is a delicate and subtle reference to the works of such people as James Joyce, Hiroshige, and Charles Sheeler. Also, it is a tribute to all the past, contemporary and future humans, who started to use Art as a tool to self-expressing oneself.
The artwork, in total, consists of eight images. If placed in order, they can create tremendous, visual, neverending Work. Its structure is similar to the composition of James Joyce’s work of fiction “Finnegans Wake.” It's circular, cryptically infinite construction creates an astonishing reference to the ancient Egyptian’s symbol of life and death – Ouroboros (please, see attached file with graphic). Pictures presented in “Negation of the End” work also refer to the death and resurrection. Bringing together the beginning and end of the photographs presented in this artwork, with a constant passage between three motifs (trees – windows – birds), artwork’s structure reminds the Ouroboros – a serpent eating its tail. One topic disappears, suddenly the second appears, then the third one, to return to the first motif again.
Like an ancient Egyptian symbol, the artwork does not possess de facto its beginning and end.
The snake is the cosmic spirit. It brings everything to life and also kills everything. Ouroboros is everything, and also nothing. Its everywhere and simultaneously he is nowhere. Indeed, there is no end and the beginning. Everything, even our life, and death is a part of the mystical Universe. All beings and the whole Cosmos are the part of the continuous circulation of divine work. “Negation of the End” possesses its own integral, neverending flow.
Like I already mentioned Adam Mazek’s collection of photographs possess three central motifs: trees, windows, and birds.
The third motif is the birds. Waking up while birds singing is one of the most relaxing, moving and divine things which human can experience. It is not the accident that a small carving of a bird which was found in a cave in Germany turned out to be one of the oldest works of art ever seen. The sculpture is only two inches long. Nevertheless, it is compelling in its simplicity. It makes us realize that 30,000 years ago someone was able to switch between two worlds – from the outer world of senses to an inner world of imaginative visions. Something pushed the carver so that he began to shape a piece of ivory into a new form, an image of a bird. It was the move into a creative act that made us human.
The birds are the symbol of other natural laws. For thousands of years, they were symbolically linking heaven and earth. When prisoners are coming back to the society, straight from the jail, they feel as free as a bird. In our imagination, we leave our ordinary world and become the spirit free and peaceful as a bird. Throughout, the history, birds seemed to be seen as a heavenly messenger, who can contact Gods. The dove, for example, was the symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Birds live everywhere. We can find them in every remote part of our land.
Thanks to birds, we can remind ourselves that out of city walls, there are a lot of divine creatures who wait to know them.
*Please, take a notice that the graphic is not for sale. For sale is only photograph "Negation of the End, VIII"
Photography is on the foam board.