Perpetual Journey is inspired by the heartbreaking story of Laika the space dog, sent to an unwitting death in the most frightening of circumstances. Looking outside the capsule, the creature had no sense of scale, or purpose, or the weight of expectations. Instead she saw only the unfamiliar, spinning abyss. Since then, she’s become a figure of tragic nobility, when all she really wanted was to come back home.
But as with all of Strië‘s productions, there’s an additional layer of meaning. This isn’t just about the space dog. On a personal level, the artist has twirled between pseudonyms before announcing that she and Olga Wojciechowska are the same artist, merging her personas, in essence returning home. The cover art implies a capsule, and is echoed in the artist’s latest press photo, intimating that the artist is herself within a capsule, under scrutiny beyond what she desires, sent into…
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