by Beata Bieniak
A highly intriguing and eye-catching graphic made using the photomontage technique. It depicts a gentleman holding a large suitcase. This is no ordinary suitcase, however, as its surface shows a section of a house – a door, a window, a letterbox. It is a marvellous metaphor that can refer to many aspects of life and culture, for example nomadism. The artist also poses the question of what home is and how it can be interpreted. Beata Bieniak’s speciality is the juxtaposition of seemingly incompatible factors into one completely new element. This new quality produces an unexpected, sometimes comic, and often surprising effect.
The artist works mainly in black and white, which can also be seen in this graphic. Its uniqueness lies in a deliberate artistic procedure intended to put the viewer in a state of contemplation.
Polish digital photographer. She is self-taught and has been creating for over 10 years. Her work is divided between photomontage and traditional digital or silver photography. She works primarily in black and white, although her colour photographs are also published.
With the unusual, sometimes even whimsical juxtapositions evident in her montages, she transfers viewers to fantastic, mysterious worlds. Her surreal images are also reflections on the world we live in. The works in which she can give vent to her imagination show – as if in a distorting mirror – a slightly different, curved reality full of remarkable flying elephants, but also beautiful flora. Her passion is photographing and immortalising trees, to which she pays a lot of attention in her work. However, she also takes pictures of landscapes, nature views and architecture.
About her work she says: “Photography is a part of my life that I really respect. It makes my imaginative visions free and makes a silent dialogue between me and viewers. It’s a crutch and fullness in my adult age. It’s a way of watching the world that surrounds me.”
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