Book Art

Anna Śliwińska-Kukla

mixed media: frame, glass, tea, metal containers; 42cm x 91cm x 20cm; multi element composition; one of a kind

These two objects have been made of tea. The tea I used is totally altered, transformed. It is a product of meetings with friends, sometimes with persons who visited my home unexpectedly. The ritual of drinking together a cup of tea, time devoted to each other without any profits, transformed the ordinary “waste” into a new “quality”, into a matter full of new signs, symbols and associations, into a substance soaked with conversations, discussions, arguments, dilemmas, dreams, desires. The good and bad energy it contains corresponds with the mood of meetings. It is the memoir of events.
The tea ceremony refers directly to philosophy and religion of Far East. To the great abundance and richness of subtle gestures and symbols.
Ghata is a passage, stairs, entrance to a body of water, a place where Hindus pray and ritually purify themselves of negative karma. In Varanesi there are 5 ghatas.
“Ghata” is such a passage. It symbolises the following stages of purification.
Manikarnika is the oldest and most important among ghatas. It is the most sacred place of cremation. Throwing the ashes into the Ganges river stops the process of reincarnation – a soul is saved.
“Manikarnika” refers to the form of dialogue. It symbolises closing cases being not closed for long, and heading conflicts off.