Artist Statement

My art practice continues to focus on evidence of self-employed social misery and the dark side of the human condition. In my pieces I explore themes of tradition for self-inflicted destruction and issues surrounding the human tendency towards egocentrism and the subjugation of everyone and everything that is vulnerable.
More specifically, central topics are social injustice and resulting from it a broad spectrum of social and cultural deprivations as well as rape culture and normalization of violence.

My works represent post-apocalyptic versions of a human world in which I see remains of a modern civilization whose ‘glory’ days are past. Every structure present in my work appears as manmade or carries signs of a human intervention (cuts, rope ties etc.) which signify a human presence in the work, even though it is unseen.  The structures or disfigured vegetation in my current works are a metaphor or caricature of a modern humanoid that is forever lost in search of own importance.  Every print speaks of a different aspect of that search or struggle. While some works analyze a cultural separation between gender roles and suggest a negative aftermath of that division (Nominees, Jobs We Were Given, Twin Sister and Twin Brother), other prints visually depict aggressive and invasive aspect of a physical trauma such as rape or other forms of physical abuse (Homeless, Trophy, Blameless or Playground).

Most of my work contains photographic elements. The documentary aspect of photography helps to objectify an image. It suggests, after all, evidence of something that existed in real space and in real time, recorded through the unbiased aperture of a camera lens.  However, the hand-made graphic marks of a linocut contain visual semantics of an altered or abstracted reality, and therefore infer the subjective and personal. The combinations of these two techniques create a unique type of space that may be inhabited by the viewers’ imagination, thereby facilitating a completely original experience.

 

I was born and grew up in Poland, a country that has experienced a difficult history, especially through World War 2 and Communism. These factors caused an introverted society full of suspicion and prejudice. Private experiences, alongside my country’s history, have taught me that cruelty, and therefore fear and anxiety, are extremely formative aspects of humanity. Although much of my work has a dark emotional tone, through personal experience and observation regarding my own life and place in the world, I attempt to communicate and connect with my viewer. My main objective as an artist is to eliminate the gap between myself and my audience. I want my work to be a study of an individual’s struggle to find a sense of self through reflection on one’s own relationship with surrounding reality.