„I feed you with what I feed on.” Saint Augustine

„I feed you with what I feed on.” Saint Augustine

"Can art be linked with ideology and philosophy defining and shaping times in which we live in? Or is there art for art's sake in a pure form, influenced by nothing. Of course not. Artists always served something or someone. They carried out specific orders. Their only possession was the unique style specific of time and place in which they created. And the eternal link to the past of antic triad: goodness, truth and beauty.

Joanna Tokarczyk, Król i królowa, malarstwoOver the centuries art developed towards forms that could best resemble perfect nature. The more efficient art became the more possible it was to combine that what could be seen with eyes with something perceived only by spirit. Beauty, impossible to define but deeply felt. The still art by Heda can suffice the inborn desire for aesthetics to the same degree as religious work by Fra Angelico.

A common, not to say, banal content, can be a false reason for fascination over human talent. But since the avant garde artists followed the social revolutionaries and rebelled against the tradition, also in this field, the  fundamental values for Western culture, were turned down. Looking at the shocking works of the Vienesse Actionists that oppose religion and morals can we feel anything other than abomination and objection? Or at the most, lack of understanding? Looking at the modern art installations, we can easily come to conclusion that everyone can be called an artist nowadays if even the simplest combinations of straw and paper pieces, or human secretions are perceived as a great work of art. In the present days an artist rebels against traditional values. His lack of talent, he tries to hide in the pits of personal phobia and crooked vision of the world that are projected in the profane, lowbrow product he calls art. All of this happens when art is deprived of sacrum. Artists ceased to transform natural world with a simultaneous, preserving its inherent qualities such as harmony and aesthetics, independent of their influence. This is why we experience art that is ugly, primitive and evil because „inde pasco, unde pascor” - I feed you with what I feed on. As Saint Augustin put it." - Joanna Babiarz