three standing figures; yellow background; C figure wears red headpiece; floating mount, with a brown wooden frame

Untitled, c. 1964

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Agatha Wojciechowsky, a healer and Spiritualist minister, was prolific and versatile in her drawings. They ranged from kaleidoscopic, color-bursting spirit landscapes to densely packed webs of faces in clouds executed in pencil or ink. The artist made the work in a trance, guided by at least 11 spirits, whose proclivities seem manifest in the range of styles she enacted.

The process always unfolded in the same manner, absent of any pre-sketching or overall design presented to her in a vision. The spirits always began in the lower left-hand corner of a sheet and worked across the bottom from left to right in a band. The compositions feel full and complete, despite this curious gradual reveal of the whole. Often they appear as fantastic fields of nature and tiny faces, peering out of richly textured or colorful forms.

When fascinated reporters asked Agatha Wojciechowsky about her training or the source of her inspiration, she asserted consistently that she was “an instrument of the spirit world,” echoing the conviction that many others before her had in mediumship. She said, “I really have nothing to do with it. This is the work of different entities who take over and step into my body, directing my hand.” Here, ghostly faces emerge from the brilliant field of soaked-in color, as though looking at us from the other side of the veil.

Details
Title
Untitled
Artist Life
1896 - 1965
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2021.86.1
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three standing figures; yellow background; C figure wears red headpiece; floating mount, with a brown wooden frame
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