Locally based artist Jozef Bajus is known for innovative transformations of fiber, paper, plastic, and other media into intricate and evocative abstract constructions. In 2018, Bajus took a sabbatical trip to Peru, where he studied natural dyes and became immersed in the culture. The body of work that resulted is now on view at Meibohm Fine Arts through November 20. Made of cut paper and natural dyes, the circular forms and vivid colors reflect Bajus’s observations of the sacred stones and boulders that can be found in ancient Inca sites as well as traditional Peruvian culture.
“Massive boulders are the foundation of ancient structures and perfectly carved stones with hints of gold remind us of the Inca glory,” says Bajus in his artist statement. “And what about the colors! All those incredible natural dyes, the vivid spectrum in the traditional garments, the pink salt, and the colorful painted walls on the streets of Urubamba come together from my recent experiences, now deep inside me, and become part of me and my art.”