Photo: Penny Klepuszewska in Leeds, Yorkshire

Penny Klepuszewska

Artist, Writer, Researcher

In a bittersweet memory from childhood, Klepuszewska remembers scratching the surface of a family photograph, after imagining that another picture, another world, might exist underneath. 'A few scratches, a small innocently destructive gesture, and the familiar faces disappeared into non-existence. What a huge disappointment to discover that there was nothing under the surface, just whiteness. Photography, it seems to me, is a small, empty, rectangular space waiting to be filled. From this space, a world comes into existence.'

Intrinsic to her work are the details and scenes, the small fragilities and brutalities of contemporary human existence. The underlying themes of separation, solitude, isolation and exclusion persist concurrently with an exploration of the spaces we inhabit and the objects with which we surround ourselves. From an intimate, engaged and often playful process of collection and collaboration, she creates both accounts of the real world and self-contained fictions, developing work that incorporates photography, text, and sound.

She has gained recognition for producing well-researched, high quality and thought-provoking work that reflects upon issues concerning contemporary life, our social environment and conditions of living.

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Location Leeds, Yorkshire
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Participatory projects, Private commissions, Creative writing, Photographic documentation
Artforms / type of project Installation, Mixed Media, Photography, Research, Sound, Text

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