Petra Ruzickova

photography by Petra Ruzickova
Gardens of Cemetery Being, 2001
In these photographic images I see the cemetery as a closed garden, not just as a place of piety and memory. I grasp it as a space in the middle of the external world raising the challenge to relax and meditate. Only on the face of it is it a place of death, ruin, and ephemerality. Gardens of Cemetery Being come back to life by the waytheir face observes time as gravestones crumble away, and vases and stone slabs become overgrown with ivy. For me, they are also a return to a beginning, and a depiction of the eternal cycle. The poetic nature and almost romantic image of the cemetery, distantly reminiscent of the archetype of Eden, is intensified artistically in this series with the use of colour.

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