Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on December 3rd, 2008

Visiting Cards, Stasys Eidrigevičius

Pete sent along this link to a bunch of illustrations done by Stasys Eidrigevičius. Though the post identifies him as “Polish,” he was born in Lithuania and completed his formal training there. Since 1980, however, he has been living in Poland.

The illustrations manage to capture a certain sense of fear and seeking of comfort. The creatures always want to be inside of something else for whatever reason. The exception to the ones posted here is the one I’ve reproduced on the right, Visiting Cards. Pete’s comment about the painting, “flying penguin hatebombing countryside with propoganda is choice,” puts a new kind of edge to the action. Here we see an animal not fleeing or hiding, but rather emeting, dumping. However, “visiting cards” could be an imperfect translation of “wizytówki,” or “vizitiniai” which are the Polish and Lithuanian words for “business card” or “calling card.” So what’s the penguin improbably flying (as penguins don’t fly) from? And why does he insist on leaving behind a trace? And how did the house and tree end up above the cards?

No matter what, it’s an arresting image, and I’m glad to share it with all of you.

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One Response to “Eidrigevičius and propagandistic penguins”

  1. Hello,
    I am Polish student in art history and I’m writing about “Satsys Eidrigevicius book illustrations”, I would be gratefull if you would like to contact me by email


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