The young are not realist (fragments)

Karolina Plinta

Agata Kus in her works focuses on "searching for reflections of her own subconscious" which is to be a kind of a therapy for her, an attempt to solve her own problems, and a way to improve her self-knowledge. In her paintings, she usually presents metaphorical and frequently not obvious scenes: little girls playing among dead animals from whose stomachs diamonds are falling out; mysterious dancing dresses with no owners, dogs diving under water, a disturbing accumulation of animal fur, once "flowing" straight through the image, another time rotating, and finally wrapping around a naked body of a woman like a cocoon. The artist does not hide her fascination with themes of childhood, adolescence and a newly acquired, painful femininity, which is revealed by blood stains on snow-white sheets and white cut-out dress-shaped pieces of cloth.

It is worth noticing that the characters created by Agata Kus are often limited to presenting only dresses, bows and baubles. Obviously – this kind of accessories help with transforming quite an asexual female child into a woman, which we have been recently demonstrated in the video of Zbigniew Libera “How To Train Little Girls”.
Agata Kus shows this process in a slightly different manner, refers to the research on child psychology, creates images of the subconscious drives and connects them with the folk symbols and traditions (witchcraft). Her paintings and drawings are often shocking because of the experiments with materials, such as in the series of collages, "The Infanta", inspired by the famous Velazquez’s painting . In the works from this series, we can see a little Infanta surrounded by a pack of wolves with grotesque heads made of pieces of real fur. Here the Infanta metamorphosed into the Red Riding Hood, who should immediately run away from the wolves.

In one of the collages the Infanta has chicken feet instead of legs ... made of real chicken. So how can we escape this insanity? In the emotional, intense and immersed in psychology and physiology style, Agata Kus’s works perhaps resemble the most metaphorical works of the recently deceased Luise Burgeois. Certainly, each has its own subject but they all share the interest in the period of childhood, considered a crucial stage of human development.”