Have you noticed any cackling skeletons riding scooters lately? Sometimes in a tutu and wearing fairy wings while waging death upon all that come near? Under the name “Kiszkiloszki’, Kajetan Obarski has built a GIF empire. He does not beat around the bush where death is involved; Kajetan Obarski despises mankind with animation. Over the last couple of years since relocating from Poland to Amsterdam, Kajetan Obarski has created the familiar skeletal character-aka “The Death Fairy” that has quickly become a social media phenomenon.
Perhaps an even more familiar aspect of his video art is Kajetan’s incorporation of famous artworks such as the Francisco de Goya’s The Nude Maja, Dali’s Persistence of Memory, and Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait with a Bandaged Ear. The Masters are brought to the twenty first century’s digital age; the animator gifts new life to the old, classic paintings where they can be appreciated in a completely new way. Kajetan Obarski creates short animations in GIF format, splicing together well-known artworks with often dark and humorous results. GIFs are short-lived and looping, but often take hours and many, many images to complete.
No one makes it out alive, it seems, in the brief videos made by the self-proclaimed misanthrope. The Death Fairy skeleton is a happy and frequently recurring character artist Kajetan Obarski loves to involve in his GIF shenanigans. Lots of gore and tragic endings for all are a definite when viewing a Kiszkiloszki animation. Dark tones and pastels create the macabre Kiszkiloszki world. The Death Fairy uses its magic death wand to take the life from all he comes across, leaving behind a trail of skeletons as he skips- in his pink wings and purple tutu of course-off into the sunset.
Kajetan Obarski has set up a Patreon account where you can help support his future works.