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The Gods of Minecraft

Long live the senses, long live excitement! There is no room for boredom, discouragement or indolence in Dionysus’ procession. What’s more, everyone will find a place for themselves here: they can lose themselves into the joyous crowd or take the lead to impress others and themselves.

Daniel Zarewicz : The Gods of Minecraft

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Daniel Zarewicz

The Gods of Minecraft

July 2020

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A girl, a gal, a woman

A child, a girl and a teenage gal are his daughters and their peers. The woman has got the face of a Greek goddess, a wife, a mother, a student, an acquaintance.

The angel is also a woman. Jacek makes an exception only for St. Michael, because the archangel must look like a formidable warrior, like a man.

The motif of a female cyclist must have been taken from nostalgia, infatuations and his memories of youth. In his university years he travelled with other members of his cycling club all around Poland. They visited old mansions and wooden churches. The boys were always dashing forward, but Jacek would linger at the back with girls – they were so pretty, aesthetic, in their plimsolls worn on bare feet, and their short trousers. Nevertheless, he prefers skirts, and in his paintings female cyclists are somewhat taken from a different era – slightly sentimental, like in old photographs or a pre-war fashion magazine.

Karolina and Kaja – the daughters, the girls. Jacek painted the elder one – Karolina – for the very first time when she was one year old. His wife Elżbieta was holding her in her arms. Nowadays Karolina is a conscious model, although she gets fed up with all the alterations and numerous poses her father wants her to assume. She comes to his study with her girlfriends and gladly dumps posing on them. Every girl would like to be a painter’s model, but it bores his daughter since it’s become a routine for her.
He has been painting Kaja since her earliest childhood – she’s been growing in his paintings.

A woman has no apparent age or the painter hasn’t defined her age yet. Neither has he painted an old woman yet. And generally speaking, what does “old” mean here? It’s a very relative term. The mother who posed for his early paintings seemed very mature then, and now he can only perceive her as a young woman. Anyway, age is of little or no importance – a model’s beauty is determined by her energy and warmth.

The stranger – the last woman has got the face of a girl at the hairdresser’s he’s been going to and is not a complete stranger any more. He’s been nurturing her for months now and he’d like to start painting.

Daniel Zarewicz

Daniel Zarewicz

Born in 1977. Classical philologist. 2002 – master’s degree, on the basis of the first Polish translation of The Orphic Hymns. 2013 – doctorate, with the dissertation Przywoływanie Bogów – mit, magia, misteria w starożytnej Grecji – studium religijności starożytnych Greków [Invoking the Gods – Myth, Magic and Mysteries in Ancient Greece – a Study of the Religious Practices of Ancient Greeks] (published 2017). Lecturer at the University of Warsaw and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Since 2 June 2018, president of the Gnosis club.