by Joanna Baumgartner
The graphic, created using a digital collage technique, depicts a female figure half sunk into her head. Her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes are white and tears are flowing from her blue eyes. Above her, red lips can be seen holding a straw that runs into a pool of tears.
The lips are arranged as if they were drinking the tears. Could they be helping the girl not to drown in her own grief? Or are they the lips of this particular girl? The title of the work, ‘You can do it’, suggests a way of overcoming difficulties. It has a very positive tone, encouraging people to fight. You can see that it is difficult for the protagonist – she is suffering and going through difficult times. However, it is encouraging that she has help, who takes away some of her sadness by drinking away her tears. Perhaps the artist wanted to capture a moment of help from a friend who is trying to ease the suffering of someone she loves.
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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