Patrik Proško

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Painting onto a puddle of mud, 50 x 30 cm, biodegradable paint

Lomachyntsi, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

2020

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I went for a walk in the evening and stumbled upon a beautiful tire print of an off-road truck in the mud with a horseshoe print in it. They were both clear, just two imprints of two different kinds of horsepower. The relief of both prints was deep and well-shaped in the mud and the mud had good consistency even for painting. I wanted to do it right away, but it was getting dark, and I had my things in the car far away. I said to myself, naively, I’m going to get up early in the morning and hopefully it’s still going to be there. In the morning, I packed my things and went to the place and, of course, someone just had to step into it, oh my god. The clarity was gone, the relief was lowered, mushed, and squashed. But I was already there with all my things, so I did it anyway. So, it’s a combination of truck, horse, and human prints, in the end. As a commentary, I’m adding how I photographed it when it was still clear without the human shoeprints. While I was doing it, I also had to navigate cars that were coming on the road so that they wouldn’t run through my picture, and I had to persuade the drivers to rather go through the much more horrible mud and a hole to the side. Everyone gladly went through the hole – Ukrainians are very obliging people.

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