ARTYŚCI SZTUKI PAPIERU - WIRTUALNA WYSTAWA STAŁA SZTUKI PAPIERU (Muzeum Papieru w Dusznikach-Zdroju (od 2017)
"CONTRARY TROUPE OF SHOCK-HEADED PETER" - Dom Papiernika at Open-air Museum of the Łódź Wooden Architecture, Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz
The characters of moralizing poems by Heinrich Hoffmann have inspired me to create a group of puppet-dolls that are do not perform on the stage but also are not to be cuddled. They are an infrequent from of illustration: dolls and not on paper but dolls of paper. The unpopular todey model of raising children, referred to in Der Struwwelpeter, full of cruelty, but locked up in catchy rhythmical verse, occurred to me as an absurd parody. At the end of the day, a reserved look at a galaxy of characters from stories that allude to ever important problems, can evoke a smile and let the "bloody" rhymes be streaked with a bit of humor.
When preparing a collection of characters originating from Der Struwwelpeter I followed the same path - of playful exaggertion, play with form, a drop of absurdity ... The result was a group of comic little persons for young and adult audience, led by the bestknown hero oh the "misbehaving children" - Shock-headed Peter.
The presented characters are a specific illustration of 9 poems by Heirich Hoffmann included in the book Złota Różdżka (The Golden Wand) a published by VERSO in 2003. The book also comprised an explanatory text by professor Janusz Dunin "Struwwelpeter, Stepka-Rastrepka czyli Złota Różdżka. Z dziejów kariery jednej ksiażki" ("Struwwelpeter, Stepka-Rastrepka or Golden Wand. A history of one book").