Ideas of memory, fragility and transition run through my work, through the use of fragile materials such as ash, dust, reflections in water and also the imagery within painted ephemeral family portraits and translucent portraits that I have crafted from old photographs which are placed on glass.
I make ethereal veils as masks of my family ancestors. I place thin films of ash, dust and dirt on floors to stand for ephemeral carpets and patterns once found in rural Eastern European homes. These can be walked over and are often disrupted. Intricate dust patterns contain footprints and show holes where dust has been dispersed.
This work is nourished by my Polish family history and diaspora (this history is not just today, there are generations and generations, but it is about today.) It is informed by Adlerian Psychotherapy and Adler's work on childhood memory underlying the person we become, and my current experience of working with refugee and migrant children.
I show layers of transparent washes of paint within my painted portraits. Some portraits are created from washes of black paint on white paper to stand for phantoms of a past. Art is the process where I explore identity, connections, migration and loss
CV & Education
Changing Spaces.Pop-up art installation To run from 18th May, 2015 to 13th July 2015 in Unit 7, The Grafton Centre, Cambridge
Exhibition at Artspace Gallery (Abstracts and still life in mixed media) 7th and 8th June, 2014
Group exhibitions 2012 - Autobiographical Portraits;Turn The Page, Artists Book Fair; The Forum, Norwich 2009 - Salthouse 09 Salt of the Earth/Installation/Sound Installation, Salthouse Church, North Norfolk 2008 - Hamera and Hartley 'Finding Fathers'/ Installation, New Hall, Cambridge 2008 - MindSpace/Installation, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 2007 - Fame, God & Women. Deconstructing Damien Hirst/ Installation, St. Peter's Church, Cambridge 2004 - Untitled/BA Degree Show, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Degree shows 2006 - MA Exhibition/Installation/Sound Installation, Norwich School of Art, Norwich Private commissions 2011 - Untitled, Private persons, Suffolk/Cambridge. C group Exhibitions 1995, 1996,1997