Katarzyna Gajewska

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Artist Statement:

My works are a mosaic of mixed media: photography, drawing, painting, performance, photomontages, and collages all in a traditional and digital integration.
The most intimate form of my expression is paintings – art of action and graphic design mixed with photography- specific collage of irony, perceiving the reality, my rebel. My paintings evolve organically from life's everyday glances. Rather than trying to force my will on them, I give them total control. Each layer determines and guides the next. My paintings, my photographs, also my digital works are a dialogue between giving and taking. I don't want to sign the work until it looks like it has been lived on, until I have violated the open white space and created something that can become independent of me and fend for itself. My works and research explore conceptual relations between cognitive processes, languages and cultures, as well as existentialism and perceived reality, in which an infinite human imagination constructs and distorts an existence into an illusion of reality.
The role of provocative feelings, persuasion as well as the human impulse to beautify compels my works of art. The ephemeral nature of being, how it intersects with the manifestation of various power structures and binary gender codes and how the minutia of detail poses as the illusion of choice is the heart of my art.
My inspiration is a complexity and depth of single individual feelings, getting out of mental barrier. In my art, especially in painting I’m trying to connect the way, which forms states human anxiety, intimate and difficult to articulate states. I’m looking for a path, which in a strange and unexpected way will guide me through the difficult and sometimes sensitive emotions. My inspiration is human face it’s mimic of, happiness, sadness, pain, glances. Glance which reaches far beyond the borders of body and soul. This glance is exactly what I’m trying to catch. Glance imprisoned behind the pane of glass. This glass symbolises small prisons of our souls, prisons which are built for indifference of other people. Inspirations of my projects are often mannequins. Mannequins moulded on human similarity and imprisoned behind the shop fronts. The mannequin, his stiff glance, rigid gestures, has for me and my art plenty of meanings. My inspirations are deeply rooted in myself. Each process of creation is for me like setting a bird free from the cage. I’m trying to search for inspiration every day, reach the deep feelings hidden below the surface of appearances. Pull them out from behind the window pane. That’s the reason – why in my painting only my hands are the tools, why in photography I apply tight views and extreme close – ups, why I use the multiplication and repetition element. Thanks to that, a sort of space is created, where the artist gets really close to his projects. It is a permanent record of fleeting sensations. This release from naturalism is a real struggle between the forces of creation and destruction.
What I am looking for? My eye is always a foreign, cynic but always in love with people eye. I am looking a connection, inspiration to build and continue my art dialogue.


Katarzyna Gajewska

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