Jakub Julian Ziółkowski
Julian Ziółkowski's painting expresses the artist’s personal imaginary. It refers to the biblical theme of creation and original sin, but presents a vision that is significantly different from its traditional representations. The world created by the artist resembles a puddle covered with frogs’ spawn. The primal woman is disgusting, covered in strange protuberances gushing water; instead of the biblical Adam, we see a group of lethargic men resembling octopuses and other strange creatures. Dressed casually, with cigarettes in their mouth, they idly wait for something or someone, while the forbidden fruit takes the form of a giant frog’s leg.
The artist has incorporated details and kinds of behaviour observed today with images of fantastic beasts and landscapes that resemble Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. The grotesque portrayal of the origins of the world combines various religious and cultural codes with today’s social realities. The painting seems simultaneously archaic and contemporary, but presents a vision so coherent, that it actually seems coherent.