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Jarmila Mitríková and Dávid Demjanovič: Panzerschokolade (detail)

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Art: Jarmila Mitríková and Dávid Demjanovič create folkloric scenes with pyrography

For the first time ever today, I found myself bemoaning the lack of a “pyrography” category on the site, and for that unusual and actually quite pleasant issue I have Jarmila Mitríková and Dávid Demjanovič to thank. The Slovakian duo are masters of their medium, the very original pyrography, in which a tiny red hot nib is used to mark pieces of plywood with ornate patterns, which are then coloured in with wood dyes. It’s perhaps most commonly applied in a year nine woodwork lesson, but they’ve completely subverted their tools using it instead to create large scale beautiful folkloric images about subjects including marching flagellations, children playing with bears in mountain landscapes and women falconers proudly supporting their birds of prey. For their originality and their mastery of their craft Jarmila and Dávid easily win pats on backs.

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Jarmila Mitríková and Dávid Demjanovič: Woman Falconer

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Jarmila Mitríková and Dávid Demjanovič: The Girl with Bear

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Jarmila Mitríková and Dávid Demjanovič: Vampire

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Jarmila Mitríková and Dávid Demjanovič: Tatranian Satyr

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Jarmila Mitríková and Dávid Demjanovič: Flagellants

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Jarmila Mitríková and Dávid Demjanovič: Dagger

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Jarmila Mitríková and Dávid Demjanovič: Panzerschokolade