by Joanna Baumgartner
A digital collage filled with pastels. It shows two similar figures. One is huge and takes up most of the work. It looks as if it is falling down. It is lying down and crying. The other, much smaller figure is smiling and bathing in a stream of tears.
The variety of colours and the smiling little creature make it clear that this is not a work about sadness, but about repair and self-care. Crying is a way of releasing negative emotions, relieving stress and relaxing. It is therefore, in a sense, taking care of oneself and one’s emotional state. This is what the artist wants to say through the treatments used. That is why she has added a second, small figure swimming in tears – tears of release and relaxation. She is saying that crying is a good thing in itself and everyone needs it from time to time.
Born in Krakow, Poland. A graduate of the Faculty of Exhibition Design at the Polish Academy of Fine Arts (PLSP), she completed her studies at the Painting Studio of Prof. S. Tabisz and the Lettering Studio of Prof. W. Regulski at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.
In May 2004 she defended her diploma at the Faculty of Graphic Arts. Awarded the Rector’s Medal of the Academy of Fine Arts. Graduate of the Heatherley School of Fine Art and the Prague School of Photography, as well as the Ericsson Collage Vancouver and the Cracow School of Styling and Make-up Artystyczna Alternatywa.
She has participated in many exhibitions, including: Palace of Art group exhibition 2004 Gallery Kwadrat group exhibition 2006 Nova Gallery London solo exhibition 2010 ArtFine Berlin group exhibition 2011. Winner of competitions such as: Neofashion Jamboree, Art School in Vancouver and Artistic Alternative in Krakow: Neofashion Jamboree, Best Stylist 2015 according to Elle and Answear magazine, Project Packshoot G-Star.
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