I have an imagination. some acquaintances even say it is vivid. And I appreciate a good fantasy. but I come no where near the fantastical imagination of Ludmilla.
“O Mundo Fanastisco” re-clothes figures from history and mythology in monochromatic grays and buffs to create a world that is cold but vigorous, subdued but alive (1)(2). Riveting because it is unclear if the characters are receding into metal and stone – or if they are emerging. To really appreciate the full effect of this Judith requires placing her amidst the other inhabitants of this pseudo-Venetian Carnival world: Europa, Cupido, Flora, Falcoaria.
With a view into this exotic stage-set, the viewer is exposed to Judith as warrior in fantastical chain mail. Holofernes’ head woven into the fabric. an ankh dangling from her headdress – the symbol of “eternal life.” So once again she stands astride two planes: bringing death to sustain life.
There is more to this woman than meets the eye.
(1) Ludmila’s work can be seen in Claus Brusen, Imaginaire: Magic Realism, Volume 3. Sæby, Denmark: Fantasmus-Artbooks, 2011.
(2) Her blog is Ludmila Fantastic Art