Pia Krajewski paints artworks that take a poetically abstract approach to the still life genre: each carefully selected image is stripped of a narrative context and suffused with a gentle physicality.
Untitled (Spinnerei – Spinning), 2019 takes this distilled abstraction to new heights, portraying the elegant threads of what appears to be a loom. Often in the work of Pia Krajewski, the object portrayed is somewhat identifiable even outside of a narrative context owing to the title of each piece (2018’s “Mais,” depicting a corn cob, and “Hut,” a hat).
Even with some familiarity, these objects are still somewhat difficult to place. “Untitled” escalates the abstraction by exploring the shapes of an object lacking in the instantaneous recognition of a hat or pine cone; the object of inspiration is not immediately clear upon first glance.
The painting is given a curious new dimension in its shadows, which cloak the top of the structure to suggest that light originates from below, thus introducing a novel perspective in Krajewski’s work — one of additional puzzling, pleasureable mystery.
Yet the missing links here aren’t unsettling at all — rather, it’s precisely what makes Krajewski’s Untitled so gentle and comforting. Worry not of why this object is depicted, Pia Krajewski suggests, and instead consider how this object is portrayed. Ponder its drippy, curvilinear shapes; engage with the warm, embracing hues; imagine how it would feel to stroke the red strings and trace their path over brown rods. The synesthetic experience engulfs the viewer, drawing them ever deeper into Krajewski’s imaginative world.