• Oskar Dawicki, Snowman of Quotes, 2008

    photo by Bartosz Stawiarski

Snowman of Quotes is an ironic Vanitas sculpture made of an unusual material—snow—so it requires constant care to “keep it alive”. Quotes from Meditations by the Roman philosopher Caesar Marcus Aurelius are written on the snowman’s buttons (the only solid part of the work). An excerpt from Book 10 of the Meditations could be a motto for Dawicki’s ironically melancholic artistic tactics: „Either thou livest here and hast already accustomed thyself to it, or thou art going away, and this was thy own will; or thou art dying and hast discharged thy duty. But besides these things there is nothing. Be of good cheer, then."

Year: 2008
Medium: installation: snow, engraved metal buttons, freezer
Format: 200×80×70 cm

Acquisition: purchase
Ownership form: collection
Source: Stowarzyszenie Integracji Kultury
Index: MSN: 4300-3/2009
Acquisition date:
Financing source: Purchased with the support of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

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