Christopher J Osborne

Wooden spomenics

The sculptures in these prints are usually called Spomenics in the west. Spomenics is a anglicisation of the Serbo-Croat word for moment, and these sculptures were built all across Tito era Yugoslavia to commemorate the defeat of fascism.

These prints are Polaroid emulsion lifts. This technique uses Polaroid film and lots of hot water to transfer an image usually to water colour paper. But it doesn't have to be watercolour paper... in fact almost any surface that is at least somewhat water absorbant will work. These prints were made onto sheets of plywood. The wood grain shows through the lighter parts of the images which I hope hints at the layers of meaning hidden beneath the abstract surface of these monuments. You can find more information in the Communist-era monuments in the former Yugoslavia gallery.

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