Her dark materials
ART lovers can wax critical at a new exhibition.
Ula Dajerling pours the hot material into cold water to create the strangest of shapes.
See for yourself in her exhibition, Dark Materialism, at Plymouth Arts Centre.
If it all sounds a little um, unformed, think again.
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Dajerling is giving an artistic twist to something from her Polish background.
A folk fortune telling ritual still used in her homeland today involves pouring hot wax into cold water.
The shapes that emerge are used to predict the unpredictable.
The 'pouring wax' ritual is conventionally performed on November 30, St Andrew's Day (Andrzejki).
Polish parties held on the eve of Andrzejki include pouring hot wax through the hole in a key (symbolising opening and closing secrets) into water and then divining a future by reading the shapes from the shadows the pieces cast on a wall.
Although based in London, Ula lived in Devon for seven years and has strong links with Plymouth Arts Centre (PAC).
In 2008, she was heavily involved in the programme celebrating the arts centre's 60th anniversary.
She was supported by the Polish Cultural Institute to work at Flameworks, the city's artists-led creative centre, to produce the new work.
In turn this is the catalyst for the new Formative programme of exhibitions, installations and film screenings at PAC.
These show how contemporary artists work with form and formlessness.
"Through careful examination of the formless sculpture, one recognises familiar forms," she says, linking in how we view the shapes and the fortune-telling tradition.
"The prophecy depends on individual interpretation.
"When analysing abstract forms, like Herman Rorscharch's inkblot test, there is no right or wrong answer so whatever the image may be, that is what the future beholds."
The exhibition, Ula's first solo show, opens tomorrow and continues until March 28.
Ula returns to talk about her work on Thursday, February 28 at 6pm.